Gardening Session – Carrots

Carrots are extremely high in beta carotene with small amounts of vitamin E. Carrots come in any colour, white, purple, red, orange, and yellow. The Greeks used them for a tonic for stomach problems. During the Medieval time carrot roots were branched, just like their wild origins. The Elizabethans used the flowers, fruits, and leaves as fashion accessories for dresses and hats. Carrots are known to be beneficial for asthma, general nervousness, dropsy, and skin disorders.

Cultivation: Germination of seeds is poor if soil is below 45F. Sow seeds 3/4″ deep and 4″ apart. Early seedlings need an open and sheltered position, main crops are less fussy. Carrots do not like rocky soil as it impacts how the root can grow.

Carrots love to be planted with onion, leeks, salsify, lettuce, radish, peas, and tomatoes. If you let carrots go to flower they attract hover-fly and other beneficial insects to the garden.

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  1. Benefits of Carrots

    1. Improved Vision
    Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

    Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

    2. Cancer Prevention
    Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.

    Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are one of the only common sources of this compound. A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.

    3. Anti-Aging
    The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.

    4. Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside)
    Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

    5. A Powerful Antiseptic
    Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

    6. Beautiful Skin (from the outside)
    Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey. See the full recipe here: carrot face mask.

    7. Prevent Heart Disease
    Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

    The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

    8. Cleanse the Body
    Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

    9. Healthy Teeth and Gums
    It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

    10. Prevent Stroke:
    From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

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