CARROT IS AN EXELLENT WINTER POWERFOOD

CARROT IS AN EXELLENT WINTER POWERFOOD />

Did you know that one carrot contains more than 100% of the recommended daily value for vitamin A. One medium carrot contains 25 calories and zero g of fat.

Latin Name: Daucus carota

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Daucus

Common Names: wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace

Botanical information: wild carrot is a biennial, less often annual, herbaceous plant. The stem is straight, branched, especially the upper part, with a height of 25 to 100 cm, covered with hairs. The leaves are triangular or ovate, dissected. The plant blooms in the form of inflorescences of white color. They look like large umbrellas with flowers at the end. Fruits consist of two halves with four ribs, they have an elliptical shape. The flowering time is June-July. Fruits ripen in August-September.

Wild carrots have a fleshy, vertical, spindle-shaped root of white or yellow color. By the way, it is not edible, but is used in folk medicine.

Similar in appearance to the deadly poison hemlock, D. carota is distinguished by a mix of tripinnate leaves, fine hairs on its solid green stems and on its leaves, a root that smells like carrots, and occasionally a single dark red flower in the center of the umbel.

Distribution Area: wild carrots is a fairly common plant, especially in the southern regions of Russia, in Ukraine, it is often found in Central and Western Asia, Europe, America, Africa, Australia, etc. Wild carrot is not a whimsical plant, it can often be seen along roads, forest glades, meadows, slopes, etc.

Parts used: leaves, roots, seeds

Actions: anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antimicrobial, antitussive, analgesic, soluble

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF WILD CARROT

CHEMICAL STRUCTURE OF WILLD CARROT

Fruits

7.5% of essential oil, up to 20% fatty oil, flavone derivatives

Roots

Thiamin, carotene, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, flavonoids, phosphorus, iron, calcium salts, fatty oil,  essential oil

Seeds

1.6% essential oil, fatty oil

Flowers

Flavonoids, kaempferol, quercetin, anthocyanin compounds

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WILD CARROT

  • Improves eyesight
  • Prevent heart diseases
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Maintains good digestive health
  • Boots immune system
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Prevents macular degeneration
  • Reduces risk of cancer and stroke
  • Improves skin
  • Improves kidney function
  • Healthy teeth
  • Protects the liver
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • High source of antioxidants
  • Protects brain health and cognitive function
  • Heals external wound
  • Bone health

In folk medicine carrots are recommended for:

  • angina, spasms of the heart arteries
  • salt diathesis
  • hemorrhoid;
  • atony of the stomach
  • cutting pain in the stomach and intestine
  • gases in the intestine
  • kidney stone disease
  • attacks of renal colic
  • weakening of sexual desire
  • tuberculosis
  • lack of vitamin A
  • helminthiasis
  • nervous tension
  • wounds on the skin

When having tuberculosis, a medication based on wild carrots is prescribed to relieve cough, as well as to fight disease-causing bacteria. Providing a purifying effect on the lungs and bronchi, the plant helps to reduce the amount and intensity of coughing attacks significantly, and also to prevent the development of pulmonary hemorrhages. Usually, after a few days of taking medications, the patient feels considerable relief.

With cholelithiasis, the use of wild carrots helps to activate the outflow of bile and rinse the bile ducts from small stones. When the disease is not a neglected case, it is usually possible to achieve complete healing, using only medications prepared on the basis of a medicinal plant.

Urolithiasis is also an indication for the use of wild carrots. In this case, the diuretic properties of the plant help. Accelerating the formation of urine, the plant helps washing the kidneys and ureters from sand and small stones. This process prevents their transformation into large objects that can not be removed from the body naturally. The anti-inflammatory properties of carrots also contribute to the fight against the disease.

At such cases when a person is under strong mental or emotional stress, wild carrots will help to protect the nervous system. Providing a mild soothing effect, it relieves nervous overexertion and does not allow its transformation into the disease.

Being an easy laxative, wild carrots help to cope with constipation. It gently activates intestinal motility and relieves delicate problem. To treat constipation, wild carrots can be used even by small children.

CARROT JUICE

Freshly squeezed carrot juice is good for dry skin. It is used for dermatitis and skin fungal infections. Its properties are used in folk medicine. It helps with some eye diseases, as active substances act on the development of the eyeball. Carrot juice promotes better functioning of pancreas. Carrot juice is indicated for the initial stages of cancer. It is able to produce healthy cells and oppress the formation of pathological ones. However, carrot juice must necessarily be freshly squeezed for the treatment of neoplasm. A glass of freshly squeezed juice strengthens the immune system. Useful properties of it are invaluable.

CARROT EXTRACT (TINCTURE)

Take 100 grams of carrot seeds, grind in a coffee grinder, pour 500 ml of quality wine, and insist 3 weeks, shaking periodically. Strain, drink 50 ml 3 times a day.

With constipation, you can take 1 gram of chopped seeds an hour before meals three times a day.

Carrot extract is high in vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene. It is an anti-inflammatory, soothing chapped and uncomfortable skin. It is thought to bring balance to the moisture in both skin and hair as a conditioning agent. Tincture from carrot seeds helps to strengthen immunity, normalize the menstrual cycle, treat spleen, liver, kidney, cystitis, cough, cold, colic.

WILD CARROT INTERACTIONS

Moderate interaction with Estrogens:

Estrogen pills consist of conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others. Huge quantity of wild carrot can influence the body at the same way as estrogen. However wild carrot’s effects are weaker than estrogen’s ones. Their simultaneous taking can lessen the estrogen effectiveness. It is necessary to consult a doctor.   

Moderate interaction with Lithium:

Wild carrot has a diuretic effect. Its consumption has an impact on the process of getting rid of the lithium from the body. The lithium quantity can become greater and leads to high-priority side effects. Consult a doctor, perhaps you will need to change a dosage of lithium. 

Moderate interaction with Medications for high blood pressure:

Medications for high blood pressure involve captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others. A huge dose of wild carrot can rise blood pressure. Thereby wild carrot can decline the power of medications for high blood pressure. Be attentive while concurrent consumption, first consult a doctor.  

Moderate interaction with Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs):

Photosensitizing medications such as amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen) can strengthen responsiveness to the sun's rays. Wild carrot can rise your sun susceptibility as well. Contemporaneous taking of wild carrot and these medications can exacerbate the risks of side effects such as sunburn, blistering, or rashes on areas of skin opened to sunlight. It is very important to use sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.     

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE USE OF WILD CARROT

There are small amount of contraindications to the use of wild carrots, but ignoring them is unacceptable. Use of wild carrot products is prohibited, when having:

  • stomach ulcer
  • duodenal ulcer
  • inflammation of the small intestine
  • an allergy to carrots
  • pregnancy

FACTS ABOUT CARROT

  • If you ate too many carrots, you would turn orange.
  • Carrots used to be purple, not orange.
  • Carrots help you too see in the dark.
  • The carrot is in the top 10 of most economically important global vegetable crops.

“Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?”

Steven Wright

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.