"Carrots are energy foods. They animate, activate, and embolden the life-giving processes of the body that keep us vital, youthful, and well." as described on Make Time for Wellness. My sentiments exactly!
|The Tale of Peter Rabbit/Beatrix Potter|
How to love a vegetable more dearly then a carrot? Grated into salads, drizzled with lemon juice, mashed with parsnips, blended with coriander, dipped in hummus, roasted, crunched whole. What meal can not be made yummier by adding carrot?
Fill up your glass.
Did you know that a recent study found that optimists eat more carotenoids than people with a negative attitude? (Carotenoids are the antioxidants that produce bright colour pigments in fruits and vegetables.)
Whether optimistic people consume more fruit and vegetables (in particular carotenoids) or whether optimism is directly correlated to eating carotenoids is a little harder to define!
Interestingly, the study indicated that 67 % of highly optimistic people ate three servings or more of food high in carotenoids each day!
The origin of the cultivated carrot is purple rather than orange.
Holistic medicine, Traditional uses & More:
Seeds made into tea have been used for centuries as a contraceptive; conversely the root vegetable itself has been used to treat infertility
Grated carrots and carrot juice can rid the body of parasites and worms.
Carrots have powerful detoxifying and cleansing effect on the liver.
Carrots are effective in treating acne caused by toxins in the body.Minerals found in carrots help kill germs and eliminate bacteria from the mouth.
Beta-carotene is the most important carotenoid for adequate vitamin A intake. Carrots are especially high in beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene has some incredible benefits, and may protect the body from cancers of the lungs, stomach, colon, cervix, uterus, and the oral cavity. Research shows that consuming high levels of beta-carotene are less likely to develop lung cancer. (Beta-carotene sourced from food rather than vitamin supplements is thought to be better as there is some suggestion that bete-carotene supplements may exasperate the condition of those already suffering from lung cancer while the same beta-carotene from food sources seems to somehow still protect the lungs from the disease).
Carrots are largely soluble fiber, which aids digestion. Vitamin A also plays a significant role in the rebuilding of the intestinal lining. Carrots are thought to assist with irritable bowel syndrome.
A portion of carrots provides 400% RDA of vitimin A! This wonder food also contains 20% vitimin K, 12% vitimin C, and 11% RDA of pottasium.
Vitimin A combined with the lutein found in carrots can prevent night blindness, macular degeneration and cataracts.
This versatile veggie has an alkalizing effect on the body in contrast with the mainly acidic western diet.
So whatever you do don't forget to add carrots to your shopping basket! How could you find a more handsomely priced and nutritious food stuff!
Sources and further reading:
Livestrong/Carrots and Digestion
Mens Health/Superfood that Improves Mood
The Carrot Museum
Please take responsibility for your own health; this article is written for informational purposes only and is not intended as a personal diagnoses of any medical condition you may be suffering from.. read more