Thursday, April 16, 2009

Carrot: A true medicinal food

Carrots are rich in provitamin A. Carrots contain a small but significant amount of proteins (1.03%), approximately half of that of the potato. Fats are almost completely absent (0.19%), and carbohydrates make up 7.14% of their weight. They are a rather good source of B group vitamins, as well as C and E group vitamins. All minerals and trace elements are present, including iron (0.5 mg/100 g).

Three substances stand out in the composition of carrots:
  • Carotenoids, among the most notable of which is beta-carotene, which our body transforms into vitamin A. Carotenoids are essential for the proper functioning of the retina, particularly for night vision or in low light situation. They also help maintain the skin and mucosa in good condition.
  • Vegetable fiber: Carrots contain about 3%, most of which is in the form of pectin. This helps regulate the transit of stool and soothes the intestinal mucosa.
  • Essential oil: This is active against intestinal parasites.
Carrots are very useful in disease of the retina and of the eyes in general, skin disorders, gastritis, excess of gastric acid, colitis, and in the prevention of cancer.

The Healing Power of Foods, Dr. Pamplona Roger

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