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Eastern Health Description

Eliminates putrefactive bacteria in the intestines that cause poor assimilation; used for diarrhea and chronic dysentery; contains an essential oil that destroys pinworms and roundworms. Carrots are alkaline-forming and clear acidic blood conditions including acne, tonsillitis, and rheumatism; they are also one of the richest sources of the anti-oxidant beta-carotene (provitamin A), which protects against cancer (carrots are a traditional Western folk remedy for cancer) as well as treats night blindness, ear infections, earaches, and deafness. Beta-carotene/vitamin A benefits the skin and is anti-inflammatory for the mucous membranes. Therefore carrots arc useful for skin lesions and lung, digestive tract, and urinary tract infections. They ease whooping cough and coughs in general. The juice heals burns when applied directly. Carrots increase the milk supply of nursing mothers and help regulate all hormones. They help ripen measles and chicken pox. They also contain large amounts of silicon and thereby strengthen the connective tissues and aid calcium metabolism. Their silicaceous fiber and ability to liquefy the bile make them useful in treating constipation. For the above conditions, eat at least 6 ounces of carrots a day or drink a cup or two of the juice. Eating carrot sticks daily helps strengthen children's teeth, and in some cases, reduces overcrowding of the teeth by encouraging the development of the lower jaw. Grated carrots are best for parasites and dysentery and have been used as a poultice over cancerous growths to reduce inflammation and odor. Carrots are cooked in cases of diarrhea; when cooked and pureed or as a soup, they benefit infants with weak digestion. For a concentration of vitamin A and other nutrients, juice is ideal- it should be taken only on an empty stomach and should be diluted with water for infants. Carrots make a good foundation juice for adding other juices. Caution: Carrot juice is very sweet, and regular over consumption may lead to weakened kidneys with symptoms such as head hair loss. More than four cups daily is not recommended.

Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

Western Health Description

They are exceptionally rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A. 100 g fresh carrot contain 8285 mcg of beta-carotene and 16706 IU of vitamin A. Studies have found that flavonoid compounds in carrots help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.

Carotenes are converted in to vitamin A in the liver. Beta-carotene is the major carotene that is present in these roots. Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant helps protect body from harmful fee radical injury. In addition, it also has all the functions of vitamin A such as vision, reproduction (sperm production), maintenance of epithelial integrity, growth and development.

Carrots are rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol. Research study conducted by scientists at the University of Newcastle on laboratory animals has found that falcarinol in carrots may help fight against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors.

Fresh roots are also good in vitamin C; provide about 9% of RDA. Vitamin C is water soluble anti-oxidant. It helps body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gum. Its anti-oxidant property helps body protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals.
This root vegetable is especially contain good amounts of many B-complex group of vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc that acts as co-factors to enzymes during substrate metabolism in the body.

It also has healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

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