Health Benefits of Carrots

– Carrots have a great number of beneficial properties.

Carrots

– are very rich in beta-carotene (pro-Vitamin A)

– help improve vision

– help maintain skin elasticity

– improve overall health.

If you eat too many carrots your skin may turn slightly orange -nothing to worry about -just cut down on your intake for awhile.

Your organism transforms carotene into Vitamin A. You don’t have to worry about too much Vitamin A accumulating in your system, even if you eat a lot of carrots, since your body assimilates only what it needs. On the other hand an overdose of synthetic Vitamin A can be extremely harmful, so your best bet is to rely on carrots!

All studies conducted around the world (England, France, USA, Israel, etc.) have confirmed carrots’ amazing anti-carcinogenic properties. One study to be completed in two or three years, was designed to show if beta-carotene, or other A pro-vitamins like luteine are responsible for carrots’ anti-cancer effect.

– Eating at least one carrot a day greatly reduces your risk of contracting certain types of cancer (lung, larynx, stomach, esophagus, large intestine, rectum and bladder).

– Another interesting finding (D. Mackerras, University of Texas, Public Health Department, Houston) showed that former smokers, passive smokers and moderate smokers all benefited significantly from the regular use of carrots. According to R.G. Ziegler (National Cancer Institute, New Jersey) it is especially important for people who stop smoking to eat a sufficient amount of carrots. The anti-carcinogenic properties in carrots seem to block or significantly retard the appearance or development of tumours. In laboratory tests on animals, the combined effects of carrots and radiation therapy completely eliminated tumours in animals.

– You will benefit more from carrots that are slightly cooked, since your body is better able to assimilate their various forms of carotene.

– Carrots are very easy to digest, recommended for the treatment of diarrhoea as well as constipation (increasing the volume of stool).

– Carrot juice, rich in vitamins and minerals, has been called vegetable blood. A fresh carrot juice cure in spring, and before prolonged exposure to the sun, will be of great benefit to your skin and your overall health.

– Make sure to eat carrots regularly if you suffer from

– intestinal putrefaction

– asthma or bronchitis

– stomach or duodenal ulcers

– rheumatism

– liver or gallbladder insufficiency.

– Carrots are also recommended for persons who are on a diet or who are recovering from an illness.

– Even you have no apparent health problems or are not dieting, you should make carrots a regular item on your menus.

– There is one downside to carrots: like beets, carrots that are mass produced contain a lot of nitrates. Since they are generally chemically treated before and after harvesting, carrots should be peeled before being eaten. Residues of pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals are concentrated just under the skin. Unfortunately, vitamins and oligo-elements are also concentrated in the same area. So by peeling your carrots you eliminate potential toxins, but also remove many of their nutrients. The best solution is to buy organically grown carrots whenever possible. Organic carrots are easy to find in summer (most health food stores carry them) but harder to find in winter. If you have a cold storeroom or basement, you can keep organic carrots for weeks or even months, covered in sand in a container of sufficient size.

Don’t soak carrots in water. The best way to clean them is to use a stiff brush (a toothbrush will do the job just fine!) and then rinse them in running water.

Fresh carrot leaves have almost the same properties as carrots themselves, and taste delicious. Add them to salads, soups, and cooked vegetables.

You can use fresh carrot pulp to treat burns, eczema, boils and impetigo (especially in children).

Carrots

– act as a general tonic

– combat anaemia, increasing levels of red blood cells and haemoglobin

– re-mineralize the body

– promote growth

– facilitate and regularize intestinal functions (carrots help combat both diarrhoea and constipation)

– prevent intestinal putrefaction

– help heal gastric lesions

– have a diuretic (stimulating urine excretion) and depurative (blood purifying) effect

– improve gallbladder secretions

– rejuvenate skin

– reinforce the immune system

– combat intestinal parasites

– act as a topical analgesic (healing wounds)

– help combat gas (carminative)

– help soothe bronchitis, asthma, etc. (applied locally).

Use carrots internally to treat the following disorders:

– asthenia

– growth problems

– demineralization

– rickets

– tooth decay

– anaemia

– entero-colitis

– intestinal infections

– diarrhoea (children and adults)

– constipation

– gastrointestinal haemorrhage

– stomach and duodenal ulcers

– lung problems (tuberculosis, bronchitis, chronic asthma)

– scrofula

– rheumatism

– gout

– atherosclerosis

– colibaccilosis

– liver or gallbladder insufficiency (combined with artichokes, carrots make the best treatment for these problems)

– jaundice

– insufficient lactation

– dermatitis

– intestinal parasites (tenia)

– infectious and degenerative disease prevention

– aging and wrinkle prevention

– urinary stones.

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