One medium carrot or ½ cup of grated carrots provides about:
- 210% RDA of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene)
- 10% RDA of vitamin K
- 6% RDA vitamin C
- 2% RDA of calcium
This is a lot of vitamin A! Since vitamin A deficiency can cause your eyes’ photoreceptors to deteriorate, leading to vision problems, carrots are widely hailed for protecting vision.
Raw carrot skins contain insoluble fiber that binds toxins in our intestines — particularly endotoxins, which are found in unhealthy bacteria — but without harming the healthy bacteria. Endotoxins have been shown to contribute to a variety of autoimmune problems, and cause an imbalance in hormones. The insoluble fibers bind to these toxins, and both are then eliminated after they make their way through the digestive track.
- Increased fat excretion by 50%
- Increased stool weight by 25%
Proper elimination is a necessary component of your body’s natural detoxification processes. The insoluble fiber found in carrot skins help move this process along (literally).
As previously mentioned, endotoxins cause an imbalance in hormones. And since carrots help eliminate endotoxins from the intestines, they can have a balancing effect on hormones. It also helps to absorb excess estrogen from the intestine.
According to Dr. Ray Peat: