Root vegetables such as carrots protect themselves from bacteria and fungus in the soil by creating their own antifungal and germicidal agents. Raw carrots are a medicinal, healing food because the long carrot fibers attach to Endotoxins, bacteria and estrogens (that have been detoxed by the liver) and are removed through the colon in your stool.
According to Dr. Ray Peat, “One vegetable has a special place in a diet to balance the hormones, and that is the raw carrot. It is so nearly indigestible that, when it is well chewed or grated, it helps to stimulate the intestine and reduce the reabsorption of estrogen and the absorption of bacterial toxins In these effects on the bowel, which improve hormonal balance, a carrot salad resembles antibiotic therapy, except that the carrot salad can be used every day for years without harmful side-effects. Many people find that daily use of the raw carrot eliminates their PMS, headaches, or allergies. The use of oil and vinegar as dressing intensifies the bowel-cleansing effect of the salad. Coconut oil is more germicidal and thyroid promoting than olive oil, but a mixture of coconut and olive oil improves the flavor. Lime juice. salt, cheese and meats can be used to vary the flavor.”
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating 200 grams of raw carrot each day at breakfast:
- Increased fecal bile acid and fat excretion by 50%
- Reduced serum cholesterol level by 11%
- Increased stool weight by 25%
Does the carrot need to be raw?
In order for carrot to work as an antibacterial food it must be raw. Cooking a carrot will break down its fibers and increase the levels of beta-carotene your body will absorb.
What about juicing?
Juicing will remove all the protective fibers in the carrot and it will not detoxify the body. Juicing will also cause an increase in beta-carotene absorption.
Isn’t beta-carotene healthy?
A healthy body with optimal thyroid function should have no issues converting beta-carotene to Vitamin A. In a hypo-metabolic state (suppressed metabolism or energy production), too much beta-carotene absorption can be toxic to the thyroid and can interfere with progesterone synthesis. When the body is not converting beta-carotene, it will be stored in tissues, leading to carotenemia (orange skin). This stored beta-carotene can actually interfere with Vitamin A conversion. Decreased levels of Vitamin A can lead to increased cholesterol, decreased bone formation, decreased immunity, and vision and skin issues.
Studies on Raw Carrots
- The effect of raw carrot on serum lipids and colon function.