Carrot - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Daucus carota
Indian Name :: Gajar
The carrot is a popular vegetable the world over. It is a powerful cleansing fool Green carrot leaves are highly nutritive, rich in protein, minerals and vitamins.
Origin and Distribution of Carrot
The carrot appears to have originated in Central Asia, in the hills of Punjab and Kashmir in India, with a secondary centre of distribution in Asia, Europe and North Africa around the Mediterranean. It is cultivated in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Central, East and West Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
Food Value of Carrot
Nutritionally, the carrot is an extremely rich source of vitamin A. The name carotene, which is a form of pro vitamin, has been derived from carrot. The carotene is converted into vitamin A by the liver and it is also stored in our body.
Carrots are rich in sodium, sulphur, chlorine and contain traces of iodine. The mineral contents in carrots lie very close to the skin. Hence they should not be peeled or scrapped off.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Carrot
Carrot is rich in alkaline elements which purify and revitalize the blood. It nourishes the entire system and helps in the maintenance of acid alkaline balance in the body.
The juice of carrot is known as a "Miracle Juice". It makes a fine health giving drink for children and adults alike. It strengthens the eyes and keeps the mucus membranes of all cavities of the body in healthy condition. It is beneficial in the treatment of dry and rough skin.However, the use of carrot seeds should be avoided during early period of pregnancy, because it increases the toxicity of uterine walls and may cause abortion
Uses of carrot
Carrots can be used in a variety of way. They may be eaten raw in salads, or they may be boiled or cooked. They can also be used in the form of soup and juice. They are most helpful when they are taken raw. In cooking, a large amount of the important minerals are lost. They form very important ingredIent of a raw salad.
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