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Benefits of Carrots, Carrot Juice and Gajar Ka Murabba in Pregnancy and Health

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

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, vary 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.

Gajar Ka Halwa - Carrot Dessert

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.

What 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 cell walls of the carrot are thick and cannot be broken down by the body's' 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.

Caution

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.

Nutrition Facts

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.

 

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(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base

 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

41 Kcal

2%

Carbohydrates

9.58 g

7%

Protein

0.93 g

1.50%

Total Fat

0.24 g

1%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

2.8 g

7%

Vitamins

 

 

Folates

19 mcg

5%

Niacin

0.983 mg

6%

Pantothenic acid

0.273 mg

5.50%

Pyridoxine

0.138 mg

10%

Riboflavin

0.058 mg

4%

Thiamin

0.066 mg

6%

Vitamin A

16706 IU

557%

Vitamin C

5.9 mg

10%

Vitamin K

13.2 mcg

11%

Electrolytes

 

 

Sodium

69 mg

4.50%

Potassium

320 mg

6.50%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium

33 mg

3%

Copper

0.045 mg

5%

Iron

0.30 mg

4%

Magnesium

12 mg

3%

Manganese

0.143 mg

6%

Phosphorus

35 mg

5%

Selenium

0.1 mcg

<1%

Zinc

0.24 mg

2%

Phyto-nutrients

 

 

Carotene-?

3427 mcg

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Carotene-ß

8285 mcg

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Crypto-xanthin-ß

0 mcg

--

Lutein-zeaxanthin

256 mcg

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Health Benefits of Carrots and Carrot Juice

Both carrot and carrot juice benefits 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, the acidity of the 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.

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.

In Pregnancy

Drink carrot juice every day. 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.

In Cancer

Regular use of carrot juice helps in all types of cancer but more so in blood cancer(leukaemia) and stomach cancer.

In Liver Diseases

Carrots should be eaten frequently. They give strength to the liver.

In Jaundice

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.

In Swelling Of Large Intestine

A mixture of 180 ml carrot juice, 150 ml beetroot juice and 150 ml cucumber juice reduces the swelling.

For Worms

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 below) when taken regularly also kills worms. Take 1 glass of this daily for at least 5 weeks.

Carrot Kanji Recipe - Fermented Carrot Beverage

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.

In Burns

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.

In Bleeding

Carrot juice stops bleeding from the body.

In Rheumatism and Gout

Drinking a mixture of carrot juice, cucumber juice and beetroot 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 Bladder Stones

In urinary bladder stones, swelling of the bladder and for cleansing the kidneys drink carrot juice, cucumber juice and beetroot 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 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

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  2. Did you know that cooked carrots have better availabilty of beta carotenethan raw carrots?
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Disclaimer

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 Soup

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

shweta mangal on January 01, 2016:

Gajar halwa good for reducing pimples of oily skin

Vandana sharma on July 03, 2015:

Thanks for giving soo many information regarding carrot.specially eating cooked carrot. Looking forward some more guidence

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 07, 2012:

Hi dwachira,

Glad you found the hub informative. Thanks for reading and giving votes.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on August 07, 2012:

Well rajan, you did it well to educate us all here about carrots, i didn't know carrots can be used on burns but now i know. Great article, voted up and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 10, 2012:

Thanks bhaji. Glad you love carrots and like the hub.

dilbagh Singh on July 10, 2012:

very nice chart bhaji I love carrot

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 15, 2012:

jasmin, I appreciate your giving this hub a read and the supportive comments. Thanks.

jasmin on April 15, 2012:

thanks for sharing this much information it is really helpful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 06, 2012:

Nicole, thanks again for giving this hub a read. I'm glad you found it informative.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on April 06, 2012:

I didn't know that carrots had so many uses! Thanks for sharing this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 02, 2012:

Tania, thanks for reading this hub. Roasted and ground Jeera, salt and sugar is to be added as per taste. However do not drink more carrot juice if gas is a problem.

Tania on April 02, 2012:

Thanks for this great article it is just what I have been looking for. I have started juicing and having awful problems with gas but couldn't work out why. Please could you give an example of ratio of carrots and caraway seeds, sugar etc in a standard drink to help stop the gas effects of carrots. Many thanks

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 03, 2011:

Ruchi, thanks for reading the hub and leaving comments. It is always a pleasure to know that someone has gleaned some information from one's hub. It makes the time well spent.

Thank you.

Ruchi Urvashi from Singapore on December 03, 2011:

Great article. I like to read about nutrition and health. I got some useful information. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 27, 2011:

jenubouka, thanks for being here and finding something of value in the hub, I appreciate your input and thanks for voting up.

jenubouka on November 27, 2011:

Again great info about carrots some I did know, but not about burns that was very informative!. Thanks Rajan voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 25, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your observations.Thanks for the appreciative words too.

Nell Rose from England on November 25, 2011:

Hi, this is a fascinating hub about carrots, so many health benefits, and I never realised that they came in so many colors! especially the black and white varieties, really interesting, thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 24, 2011:

Hi kawaljit,

thanks for reading and leaving worthy comments. Actually, all other vegetables that we eat raw are more nutritious raw than cooked but in case of carrots the cell wall being very thick is not completely broken down in our intestines and hence the available b-carotene is much less than when cooked.B-carotene is fat soluble and hence oil is added to increase the b-carotene availability.

Thank you for so many good comments. I am not worthy of so much.

your score means that you are aware of at least half of the information given here.

Thanks for voting up the hub.

best regards.

Kawaljit kaur from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India) on November 24, 2011:

Rajan Jolly Ji

Regards,

I never knew that cooked carrot is more beneficial than eating raw. Amazing. otherwise it is always stressed to eat veggies raw.I am a biologist but hat off to your collection of information. Your hubs proves the tips for my lectures. I always look to find out ur new published hub.

THANKS and voted up as usual.

I scored 53% in quiz but I don't know what does it mean?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 23, 2011:

Thank you, QudsiaP1.

QudsiaP1 on November 23, 2011:

Very informative. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 23, 2011:

Moon Lightened,thanks for stopping by and leaving your appreciative comments.

Moon Lightened from Delhi, India on November 22, 2011:

As always, informative and very useful. I enjoyed!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 22, 2011:

Thanks for the read and all the appreciative comments too.One learns so much when one researches about a topic. The fact about the beta carotene availability in cooked carrots vs raw took me by surprise too.

Thank you Riley, for putting in so many good words.

The Evolista from Los Angeles on November 22, 2011:

This is so interesting! I never knew that there were so many types of carrots. I was also surprised by the fact that carrot juice and cooked carrots are healthier than raw carrots. You've done an excellent job of giving a comprehensive view of carrots. Voted up, useful and interesting. Actually the pictures of the carrots were beautiful too!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 22, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and reading and of course sharing it.

Jennifer Essary from Idaho on November 22, 2011:

I love carrot soup with a hint of curry. Great hub, I'm sharing with my friends : )