Aphrodisiac: Carrots

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The recuperative properties of carrots were discussed centuries ago in the writings of Avicenna. In folk medicine, carrots were used to improve blood circulation of the women who lost their sexual desire. Carrot juice was the best treatment both for women and men to be stronger in bed. In addition, since the ancient times, the consumption of carrots has been known to increase sex drive and fertility in women.

There is also evidence of their use in Greece during the Hellenistic period.

Mostly carrots were used medicinally. It found a place as a medicinal plant in ancient Rome, where it was then also used as an aphrodisiac.

Additional benefits:

  • Excellent source of antioxidant compounds
  • Richest vegetable source of the pro‐vitamin A and beta carotenes
    • Vitamin A is a group of compounds that play an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation
    • Vitamin A promotes healthy surface linings of the eyes (help increase the production of certain chemicals that allow more light to the retina, hence preventing night blindness and poor vision) and the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts
    • Reduces the risk of cataracts in older adults, as it prevents macular degeneration
    • Carrots guard against free-­radicals
    • They also prevent aging in women
  • Carrot also contain calcium, potassium, vitamin B:
    • Calcium helps prevent the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contracting of the muscular wall of the vessels.
    • Potassium promotes regular heartbeat
    • Vitamin B improves metabolism.
  • Carrots increase the menstrual flow and improve the quality of breast milk.
  • High carotenoid intake has been linked with a 20% decrease in postmenopausal breast cancer and an up to 50% decrease in the incidence of cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus.42
  • Carrots also help reduce cancer, among other such factors such as stroke, heart disease and keeps your eyes healthy.

Interesting fact: Carotene gets its name from carrots, it is the vegetable with the highest amount of it, and which gives it the distinctive orange colour. Many colourful varieties were also found in Asia.

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