Scientific Name/Common Name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus / Carrot
Part(s) Used: Whole root
Constituents/Active Ingredients: Per 1 cup chopped, raw (128 g): 21883 IU vitamin A, 7.6 mg vitamin C, 16.9 mcg vitamin K, 24.3 mcg folate, 42 mg calcium, 15 mg magnesium, 410 mg potassium, 0.2 mg manganese; 1.2 g protein; 12.3 g carbohydrates; 4 g fibre.
Overview: The domesticated carrot is a subspecies of wild carrot that has been adapted over the years for easy growing on farms and in gardens. Carrots are an excellent source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which accounts for the orange colour of the root vegetable. Harvard researchers found a strong inverse relationship between diets rich in spinach and carrots and the incidence of stroke. Women who ate five or more servings of carrots weekly had a 68% lower risk.
Traditional Use/Benefits/Body Systems: Wild carrot has traditionally been used as a diuretic and carminative; cultivated carrots are generally eaten for the nutritional properties, especially as an excellent source of beta-carotene.
Clinical Studies/Scientific Research/References:
Duke, J. 1997: The Green Pharmacy, The Ultimate Compendium of Natural Remedies from the World’s Foremost Authority on Healing and Herbs. pp. 158; 314; 500. Rodale Press.
Joshipura KJ, et al. Hennekens CH, Spiegelman D, Willett WC. Fruit and vegetable intake in relation to risk of ischemic stroke. JAMA. 1999 Oct 6;282(13):1233-9.
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