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Healthy Living: Carrot
By Renu Gulati

Gaajar (Hindi)
Gaajaram (Sanskrit)
Daucus carota (Botanical name)

Carrots are loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C, K and B8 as well as folate, potassium, copper and manganese. Most of the health benefits of carrots are due to their high beta-carotene and fiber content.

Carrots are sweet and heating. They pacify kapha and stimulate pitta if eaten in excess. Cooked carrots are sweet and pacify vata whereas raw carrots aggravate vata. Carrots detoxify the body, enhance digestion and have laxative properties.

Home remedies

  • For anemia mix ½ cup each of fresh carrot and fresh beet juice with a pinch of dry roasted.  cumin powder. Take this twice a day on an empty stomach
  • For relief from hemorrhoids take 1 cup of carrot juice mixed with 2 tsp of fresh coriander juice twice a day on an empty stomach.
  • For chronic indigestion, take a glass of carrot juice mixed with 1 pinch of ginger powder.
  • As part of an anti-cancer programme, mix ½ cup of carrot juice and aloe vera juice. Take this twice a day on an empty stomach.
  • For healthy, glowing and vibrant skin, mix two tbsp of grated carrots with some honey and apply to the face and neck. Once dry, wash it off with warm water.

Health benefits

  • Carrots are known to improve vision and prevent against macular degeneration, glaucoma and age related cataracts.
  • Carrots contain phytonutrients which inhibit cancer growth and lower the risk if lung, colorectal and prostate cancers.
  • Carrots, due to their high anti-oxidant properties are extremely good for the heart and normalizing blood pressure.
  • The high vitamin C content of carrots helps maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gums, combats bad breath and various other oral health conditions.
  • Eating carrots regularly helps prevent inflammation or infection of the liver that can lead to liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
  • Rich in antioxidants, carrots are also good for the skin, protecting the skin from harmful ultra-violet rays and help repair damaged skin tissue.

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