Tuesday, 19 May 2015
According to the testifier she was not able to attend church all through last year because of her mother’s illness. Her mother was diagnosed of cervical cancer and most times faints due to excessive bleeding. It got so bad that the last time her blood level dropped to 11% and was given 9 pints of blood at a stretch. By the way if you missed my previous post on cervical cancer you can go back and read up on what it is all about or follow this link
To cut the whole story short, the woman said she never took any medication for it and was only feeding on shredded carrot till she got her healing while seated on the pulpit on the 25th of January 2015. Since that day till now, she has neither bled nor fainted and medical report have also declared her free from that illness.
When I heard that, I had my doubts on how she could only survive eating shredded carrot and no medication at least even if it’s panadol extra. Even though eating carrot was her own personal revelation, I was equally convinced that Carrot could be medicinal especially when it has to do with cancer and that led me to do small research about it.
Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Carrot I believe was first cultivated in the area now known as Afghanistan thousands of years ago as a small forked purple or yellow root with a woody and bitter flavor, resembling nothing of the carrot we know today.
Before the appearance this modern day orange carrot which was stabilized by Dutch growers in the 17th century, there was Purple, red, yellow and white carrots.
NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN OF CARROTS
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one medium carrot or ½ cup of chopped carrots is considered a serving size. One serving size of carrots provides 25 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. They also provide 6% of vitamin C needs, 2% of calcium needs and 2% of iron needs per serving.
It is the antioxidant beta-carotene that gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.
Carrots also contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, foliate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARROTS
This is where it gets interesting because increased intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks, carrots included.
Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body. Researchers have also 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.
Lung Cancer: One study found that current smokers who did not consume carrots had three times the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those who ate carrots more than once a week. So if you know that chain smoker kindly encourage him to try and consume more of carrots in order not to die young.
Colorectal Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.
Leukemia: Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression in a 2011 study
Prostate Cancer: Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition.
Vision: 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.
According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye's photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.
Studies have shown that it is unlikely that most people will experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots unless they have an existing vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries.
Regulates blood sugar: The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function. 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. Personally I am going to buy one basket to help me delay the effects of aging if it truly works.lol
Prevents 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.
Protects teeth and gums: 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.
Cleanses 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. Mtcheew here I am drinking laxative everyday when Carrot would have done the magic.
Overconsumption of vitamin A can be toxic to humans, but is unlikely to be achieved through diet alone (most vitamin overconsumption occurs by supplementation). Overconsumption of carotene may cause a slight orange tinge in skin color but is not harmful to health.
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. This must be Dencia’s secret but please don’t quote me o!!!
Even though in all the research i made, i didn't see its benefit specifically for Cervical cancer, i believe cancer is cancer it just a matter of which part of the body affected.
Sources: care2com and medicalnewstoday