Prior to the 17th century almost all carrots had a dark purple colour. Although purple carrots provide many of the same health benefits as orange carrots, they also offer some additional nutritional benefits due to their high concentration of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are flavonoid pigments that give many blue, purple, and black vegetables and berries their intense colour and strong health-boosting properties. Purple carrots contain up to 28 times more anthocyanins than orange carrots.
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Purple carrots are rich in anthocyanins which are antioxidant compounds. Research has shown that the antioxidant and other chemical properties of these blue and purple pigments provide the following health benefits:
Purple carrots are rich in beta carotene which improves memory and verbal skills.The plant compound luteolin in carrots has been found to reduce age-related inflammation in the brain and associated memory deficits. Anthocyanins cross the blood brain barrier and impact the areas of the brain involved in memory and learning.
Anthocyanins can benefit vision by:
Lutein (“the eye vitamin”) in purple carrots also has eye health-protecting qualities. It is often used as a preventive treatment for age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.
Lowers blood cholesterol levels
Anthocyanins help combat varicose veins by:
Research has found that:
Lowers blood glucose levels
Eating a range of colourful foods is the best way to obtain the complete range of vitamins and minerals the body needs to thrive. The variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables have enormous health benefits. Fruit and vegetables can be classified into 5 different colour categories: red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown. Each colour carries its own unique set of disease fighting chemicals known as phytochemicals.
Contain phytochemicals, including lycopene and ellagic acid
Are rich in phytonutrients, including anthocyanins and resveratrol.
Contain carotenoids and vitamin C. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots. It is converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Lutein (a carotenoid) is stored in the eye. Citrus fruits contain a unique phytonutrient called hesperidin.
Contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fibre, potassium, folate and phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles and saponins. Green vegetables are rich in lutein, isothiocyanates, isoflavones, and vitamin K.
Contain phytochemicals such as allicin (found in garlic) and quercetin (found in onions). Bananas and potatoes are a good source of potassium. Cauliflower is rich in sulforaphane.
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