Carrot (Daucus carota) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™

Carrot - rich source of carotene, health vitamins and mineralsCarrot (Daucus carota) – is a rich source of carotene (pro-vitamin A), vitamin В1, vitamin В2, vitamin В3, vitamin В6, vitamin С, vitamin Е, vitamin К, minerals salts (potassium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, copper, iodine, phosphorus). As a multivitamin plant carrots are widely used for hypo- and avitaminosis, for overall organism strengthening. Health fiber in carrots promote normal digestive activity (beneficial influence on pancreas and liver functions), adjust carbohydrates metabolism, improve digestion, and help eliminate constipation.

Carrots are one of the primary vegetables

Carrots can be eaten in a variety of ways. The simplest way is raw as carrots are perfectly digestible without requiring cooking. Alternatively they may be chopped and boiled, fried or steamed, and cooked in soups and stews, as well as baby and pet foods. A well known dish is carrots julienne. Grated carrots are used in carrot cakes, as well as carrot puddings, an old English dish thought to have originated in the early 1800s. The greens are edible as a leaf vegetable, but are rarely eaten by humans, as they are mildly toxic. Together with onion and celery, carrots are one of the primary vegetables used in a mirepoix to make various broths.

Ever since the late 1980s, baby carrots or mini-carrots (carrots that have been peeled and cut into uniform cylinders) have been a popular ready-to-eat snack food available in many supermarkets. Carrot juice is also widely marketed, especially as a health drink, either stand-alone or blended with fruits and other vegetables.

The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange colour from beta-carotene, which is metabolised into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines. Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause hypercarotenemia, a condition in which the skin turns orange (although hypercarotenemia is not itself dangerous unlike overdose of vitamin A, which can cause liver damage). Carrots are also rich in dietary health fiber, antioxidants, and good source of mineral health.

Lack of Vitamin A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding Vitamin A back into the diet. The urban legend that says eating large amounts of carrots will allow one to see in the dark developed from stories of British gunners in World War II who were able to shoot down German planes in the darkness of night. The legend arose during the Battle of Britian when the RAF circulated a story about their pilots' carrot consumption as an attempt to cover up the discovery and effective use of radar technologies in engaging enemy planes. It reinforced existing German folklore and helped to encourage Britons-looking to improve their night vision during the blackouts-to grow and eat the vegetable.

Ethnomedically, the roots are used to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation.

Carrot (Daucus carota) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™