Properties and Benefits of Black Carrots

Properties and Benefits of Black Carrots: The Daucus carota family is known for having a wide range of varieties, ranging from white and yellow-skinned carrots to orange, purple and even black ones, all with unique nutritional and antioxidant properties. Today’s article is concerned with the properties and benefits of black carrots in particular, although we will not overlook the health benefits of other varieties either.

Although black carrots are an obscure vegetable to Westerners, in India and China they are quite popular and easily available. Due to their generous nutritional content, they are wholeheartedly recommended for consumption. The different colors of various carrot varieties may look beautiful on a plate, but they are also indicative of a variety of nutrients which provide us with important health benefits.

Black carrot benefits

For instance, orange carrots are is rich inbeta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a great ally for a healthy vision. Red carrots have a phytochemical called lycopene, known for its potent antioxidant activity. Studies suggest that lycopene, also found in tomatoes and watermelom, can prevent aging of the skin and has a protective effect on the heart.

Yellow carrots have a substance called xanthophyll, a yellow carotenoid pigment that can regulate systolic pressure. Regular consumption is believed to have important, long-term benefits on one’s health. White carrot varieties are believed to help prevent and slow down the proliferation of cancer cells. However, scientists find it difficult to pinpoint the substances actively responsible for this, mainly due to the fact that, when combined, phytochemicals found in foods have more than one health benefit.

Black Carrots

Last but not least, purple or black carrots owe their colors to special natural pigments called anthocyanins, which are flavonoid compounds. Anthocyanins can be found in practically every dark-colored foods, notably blueberries, blackberries, plums, purple mirabelles or purple or black carrots. Anthocyanins have potent antioxidant effects and because of their amazing capacity to trap free radicals, they offer protection against a variety of chronic, life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

If you have a passion for gardening and are devoted to a healthy lifestyle, then you can easily grow your own red, yellow, purple and black carrots. The effort is minimum, but the benefits are great: imagine enjoying all the amazing properties off all carrot varieties! Carrot juice is fresh and very energizing, and because you can make it in so many colors, maybe you can get your children to try it too.

Nutritional Facts Black Carrots

On the plus side, caring for a small carrot garden can be a beautiful hobby and a wonderful way of teaching your children about how beautiful nature is and how rewarding it is to grow something yourself. Being close to nature in any way possible can do wonders for a child and it may be a first step to understanding the importance of a healthy diet.

Black carrots are an amazing combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Did you know that 100 g of fresh, organic black carrots has 5 times more vitamin A than the recommended daily allowance? As you may already know, vitamin A is essential for healthy mucous membranes and great vision and black carrots are truly an incredible source of it.

We can also find moderate amounts of vitamins C, K, B6, B1, B3 and B5. Regular consumption of the vegetable is thus beneficial for the immune system, ensures strong bones and adequate energy levels. For further information on the properties and health benefits of vitamins, you can refer to this page. Though in small amounts, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus can be found in black carrots as well.

While they may not have a conventional look, black carrots are a healthy vegetable, worth including in your diet. Here are only a few of the reasons you should go for black carrots:

1) Black carrot juice concentrate has 12 times more antioxidants than regular orange carrot juice.
2) Black carrot juice concentrate has 40% more beta-carotene than regular orange carrot juice concentrate.
3) Vitamin A and selenium found in black carrots are said to help maintain a stable blood flow, have potent antimicrobial and anticancer properties (due to the incredibly high antioxidant content of black carrots), naturally increase sperm production and promote healthy skin, hair and eyes.
4) Black carrot juice has incredible detoxifying properties.

Overall, black carrots remain a healthy choice and if you have the chance of introducing your family to such a healthy food, you might be amazed of just how well your body will respond to it. Nevertheless, it is but a step to getting healthy. But with each step you will get closer to having the healthy body and mind you desire.




7 thoughts on “Properties and Benefits of Black Carrots

  1. I bought a fruit drink with black carrot in it. It was lovely. Where can I buy black carrot juice and water the fresh variety. I live in Croydon.

    • Hi, Cassandra. You can look for black carrot juice in health food stores in your area or, even better, make it yourself at home if you have a good juicer.

  2. I just read on the side info of my Greek yogurt, that it contains Black carrot juice. That prompted me to Google black carrot juice concentrate. So I now know that this juice has many healthy benefits!

    • Hello, Subash. You can use black/purple carrots just as you use regular orange carrots. You get the most of their health benefits if you eat them raw. I like to wash and grate them and add them to salads. One of my favorite recipes is cabbage, carrot and dill salad. I clean the vegetables, chop half of a small white or red cabbage finely, grate 4-5 medium-sized black carrots and season with 2 tablespoons of extravirgin olive oil and lots of finely chopped dill. I find they go wonderful in all kinds of salads. I usually combine them with arugula, but also iceberg lettuce, chopped almonds or walnuts, raisins, hard goat cheese, olive oil, salt and lemon juice. I also love making juice out of raw black carrots. I also like to cut the carrots in fine slices and stir-fry them for about 5 minutes so they are crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside, without being entirely cooked. I also love to add raw, grated black carrots to various soups and broths such as bean soup, various vegetable soups or chicken broth. At the end of the cooking process, after I turn off the stove, I grate as much black (or orange) carrots as I like into the soup. But you can use them just like you would use regular carrots and incorporate them in any dish you like. Hope this helps.

    • Hello, Jenny. You can maybe find black carrot juice concentrate or extract in health food stores or even at the supermarket if they have a health food section, or online. You can get black carrots from the market and juice them yourself and you will have the best black carrot juice you can find. Wishing you lots of health.

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