Friday, March 20, 2009

Miracle Food: Carrots

Carrots have a powerfully cleansing effect on the liver, the body's most important organ of detoxification, which, in turn, improves the functioning of all the related systems. They also strengthen and tone the liver function, especially in juice form.

Carrots are a storehouse of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, boosting the immune system, protecting and strengthening the respiratory and digestive systems, and building strong teeth, hair and bones. Beta-carotene has a healing effect on the skin, especially in cases of eczema, dermatitis and acne, and improves the complexion if taken as a juice with apple. Beta-carotene is believed to lead to improved night vision and healthy eyes.

Carrots contain natural sugars, which they release slowly into the body to give sustained energy, rather than the sudden burst that you get from refined sugars. They work best when eaten raw.

Because carrots contain both vitamin C and beta-carotene in large quantities, they are at the forefront of resisting disease and strengthening immunity. They are believed to benefit a wide range of ailments, including respiratory infections, digestive problems and ulcers. They also offer protection against the risk of various forms of cancer. They have a long folk remedy tradition of helping with conditions specific to women, including regulating menstruation and improving the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers, which may be linked to their high calcium content.

Carrots have an excellent effect on the blood, building up the red corpuscles, improving circulation and increasing hemoglobin. They are also believed to give protection against diseases of the heart and arteries. If you eat carrots daily, they will, over time, reduce your cholesterol levels too.
Taken from "Miracle Foods" by Anna Selby

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