Carrots regulate intestinal functions, and have diuretic and antioxidant properties. They are good for eyesight and stimulate the production of melanin.
A colourful vegetable that takes center stage in the summer diet, in season in June.
In addition to seeing how to use them in the kitchen, we want to tell you about the medicinal properties of carrots, considered a real treasure trove of minerals, with many beneficial effects for the skin and the body.
Rich in beta-carotene, they support the beauty of the skin and, in particular, a good tan.
Beta-carotene, in fact, stimulates the production of melanin, a substance that acts as a pigment with photoprotective function, to limit the action of ultraviolet rays
In the cosmetics sector, carrot essential oil, combined with carotenes, is also used in the formulation of tanning creams, anti-ageing creams and in products that stimulate hair growth. In addition, the cosmetics industry uses carrot pulp to treat burns, furuncles, dry and chapped skin, and to heal sores.
Carrots played an important role in ancient times as a remedy to combat gastritis: a puree of raw carrots, drunk slowly, seemed to soothe abdominal pain and counteract the irritation of the gastric mucosa.
In the early Middle Ages, carrot roots were considered "miraculous" remedies: the green part was used even then in the treatment of kidney stones.
Since ancient times, the carrot has been used to promote tanning and to counteract diarrhoea in childhood.
Although its origins lie in the East, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years, the ancient Greeks and Romans also used carrots, not so much for culinary use (due to the typical hard woody consistency of the plant), but as medicinal plants.
They regulate the intestinal functions, acting both as an anti-diarrheal and laxative
They are diuretic and detoxifying, so they help in cases of cystitis, stones or urinary problems
Beta-carotene and vitamin C have antioxidant properties, useful in fighting free radicals and strengthening the immune system
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are among the vitamins for the eyes, useful for vision, also improving night vision, and in case of cataracts