Benefits of Carrots,Carrot Juice And Gajar Ka Murabba In Pregnancy And Health
Latin name : Daucus Carota.
Carrots originated in Afghanistan and Iran in a wild state. This carrot was bitter with a large woody core. Subsequent breeding over centuries gave rise to the carrot we see today.
Carrots are found in a variety of colours, yellow, orange, red, purple ,black and white.The shape and size too varies considerably.
Carrots are consumed in different ways like eating it raw, boiled, cooked, steamed, as a juice, as a soup, as pickles etc.
In India a dessert made of carrots, milk and sugar called 'Gajar Ka Halwa', is very popular.
(Video and recipe link for this is given in this hub)
Carrots can be eaten in all health conditions except where sugar is contraindicated as in diabetes. Drinking carrot juice is more beneficial than eating carrots.
Carrots come in a variety of colours but the best is the dark red, almost black coloured carrot.
It is difficult to eat a lot of raw carrots but drink carrot juice for full benefits.
Carrot is gas causing. Adding heated and ground caraway seeds, sugar and salt to carrot juice removes the bad effects and also improves the taste of the juice.
A glass of carrot juice compares to a full meal. Drink only 1 glass of carrot juice at one time.It is also called the poor man's apple as it has many health benefits.
Which is the best way to consume carrots?
This question warrants some mention here. Normally, vegetables are more nutritionally beneficial when eaten raw. In the case of carrots however, the converse is true. If carrots are eaten raw, there is a 3% availability of beta carotene to the body because the the cell walls of the carrot are thick and and cannot be broken down by the bodys' juices easily. When the carrots are made into a pulp and cooked with a little oil, the availability of beta carotene increases to 39%.
Therefore cooked carrots are better than raw carrots, insofar as the beta carotene availability is concerned. However, if carrot juice is taken then this is the best option.
Consuming too many carrots and/or drinking too much carrot juice can cause yellowing of the skin.
Benefits of Carrots
Carrots have beta carotene which helps to prevent cancer and night blindness. After a long illness, carrot juice helps in faster recuperation. It gives strength and vitality.
Carrot juice causes gas in some persons. Adding heated and ground caraway seeds, sugar and salt to carrot juice removes this effect. It also improves the taste of the carrot juice.
1 glass of carrot juice compares to a full meal.
About Carrot Seeds
Carrot seeds yield a pale yellow to golden coloured oil with an earthy smell. This oil has skin tanning and skin toning properties. It benefits in skin problems like rashes, psoriasis,eczema etc.
Carrot seed oil increases flow of urine and is a kidney, liver and blood cleanser, eases premenstrual tension and is useful in arthritis and rheumatism.
This oil is used in some products like face wash, night skin lotion, anti cellulite creams etc.
Health Benefits of Carrots and Carrot Juice
Carrots and Carrot juice benefit the digestive system. They remove toxins from the body, prevent anaemia. regularly drinking carrot juice improves weight gain. Carrot juice benefits in tonsillitis, renal stones, acidity of blood, piles, ulcers, blood disorders and nervous disorders.
The benefits of carrots extend further to relieving insomnia, fatigue, male sexual weakness, asthma, tuberculosis, skin diseases, and diseases of the teeth and eyes.
Because of the amazing benefits of carrots that they are also called the poor man's apple.
Carrot is one of the richest sources of beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. 1 carrot supplies more than the daily vitamin A requirement. It also has high levels of vitamins B,C,E and K. Carrot is a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, biotin, magnesium and iron as also fibre and antioxidants and phytochemicals which help in preventing various diseases.
Carrot is fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and low in sodium.
Nutritional Values of Carrot
Carrots (Daucus carota), Fresh, raw,
Nutrition value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base
Percentage of RDA
Uses Of Carrots For Health
BENEFITS OF CARROTS
To Increase Memory
Eat 7 almonds and drink 125 ml carrot juice mixed in 500 ml cow's milk, in the morning.
To Improve Vision
Drink a glass of carrot juice daily. It helps in night blindness and eye diseases.
To Increase Mother's Milk
The B Complex vitamins in carrots make the digestive system strong. Indigestion, gas, colitis, appendicitis and wounds are relieved by intake of carrot juice.
In Weak infants
Give 2 to 3 tsp carrot juice to weak infants. Giving this with milk hastens their development.
In Menstrual Pains And Problems
Boil 2 tsp carrot seeds and 1 tsp jaggery 200 ml of water and drink when hot, 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. It relieves delayed menses and menstrual pain.
Drink carrot juice everyday. It improves the quality of milk and prevents septicemia. It also prevents calcium deficiency thereby dispensing away the need to take calcium tablets.
For Weight Gain
Drink carrot juice daily.
Regular use of carrot juice helps in all types of cancer but more so in blood cancer(leukemia) and stomach cancer.
In Liver Diseases
Carrots should be eaten frequently. They give strength to the liver.
Carrots are a natural remedy for jaundice. Carrot soup and carrot juice benefits in jaundice.
In Weak Heart
Drink carrot juice 2 times daily.
In Indigestion Due to Fatty Food
When Oil, Ghee and fried foods are eaten, indigestion can occur. This can be relieved by taking a mixture of 300 ml of carrot juice and 150 ml of spinach juice.
In Spleen enlargement
Eating carrot pickle reduces enlarged spleen. (Video and recipe link for carrot pickle given in this hub)
In Swelling Of Large Intestine
A mixture of 180 ml carrot juice, 150 ml beetroot juice and 150 ml cucumber juice reduces the swelling.
1. Take 125 ml carrot juice on empty stomach in the morning daily for 2 weeks to get rid of worms. Eating raw carrots is beneficial too. If one cannot digest carrots, they should drink carrot juice only.
2. Carrot Kanji ( Video for this wonderful Indian cold beverage is given in this hub ) when taken regularly also kills worms. Take 1 glass of this daily for at least 5 weeks.
In Skin Diseases
Carrot juice kills bacteria and clears the intestine. It purifies blood, helps in clearing boils and pimples, itching, and other blood related problems. It clears acne and removes dryness of the skin due to the vitamin A in it.
In Chest Pain
Boil carrots and juice them. Add honey to this and drink. It removes pain.
Grind raw carrots and apply on the burn area. It relieves burning and prevents pus formation.
For Wounds due to Injury
boil carrots and make a pulp. Apply this on the wounds. It heals wounds. This can be used on cancer wounds too. Drink carrot juice too.
Carrot juice stops bleeding from the body.
In Rheumatism and Gout
Drinking a mixture of carrot juice, cucumber juice and beet root juice, taken in equal quantities, heals faster than carrot juice taken alone.
In Swellings And Kidney Diseases
2 tsp carrot seeds to be boiled in 200 ml water. Drink this. It also increases the flow of urine.
In Urinary Baldder Stones
In urinary bladder stones, swelling of bladder and for cleansing the kidneys drink carrot juice, cucumber juice and beet root juice mixed together in equal quantities of 150 ml each. Carrot juice has the property of breaking the renal stones.
Consuming carrot juice alone too 3 to 4 times a day removes stones. Carrot juice clears clears the urine. Swallowing carrot seeds too removes stones.
Such are the multifarious benefits of carrots.
In Gall Bladder Stones
Take 250 ml each of Carrot juice and juice of salad leaves. Drink this to remove gall bladder stones.
In Adenoids and Tonsillitis
Carrot juice benefits in these problems.
Diseases of the Nose and Throat
Take carrot and spinach juice 250 ml each mixed together.
Some Carrot Recipes
- Low Calorie Gajar Ka Halwa or Carrot Delight
An immensely popular Indian dessert, Gajar ka Halwa/ Carrot Delight, tastes delicious if served hot. Here is a low calorie version, cutting down on high calorie but not on taste and nutrition value.
- Carrot Murabba Recipe - How To Make Gajar Ka Murraba - How To Prepare Carrot Murrabba Recipe
Carrot Murabba is a nutritious and healthy recipe. Learn how to make/prepare Gajar Ka Murraba by following this easy recipe.
- Carrot Pickle (Gajar Ka Achar) | Manjula's Kitchen | Indian Vegetarian Recipes | Cooking Vi
Gajar ka achar (Carrot Pickle) is a great condiment to serve with any meal or with sandwiches.
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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.
Carrot Halwa - Dessert made of carrots
Carrot pickle recipe
Carrot Kanji recipe- a pickled cold beverage
© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly