Great News! Spend $125 and get free shipping! 

Carrots' Unique Cancer-Fighting Chemical

Carrots' Unique Cancer-Fighting Chemical

May 03, 2017

Almost everyone, of whatever age, knows and loves carrots.   To introduce our new Carrot Powder today, I'll share my most memorable encounters with carrots, which came decades ago as I was learning to garden and to become a doctor. 

From my earliest gardening days, I realized something that I believe to this day: The ability to grow carrots separates a really good gardener from the noncommittal gardener.   Carrots are extremely sensitive to both the quality of the bed preparation and the care one uses to tend the young seedlings.
 
First, the bed must be completely level and a uniformly fine texture. Rocky or clumpy beds will produce poor results. Second, how you seed the bed matters. I’ve heard other gardeners say, if you sprinkle the seeds on the surface too thickly, they all grow, but if you sprinkle them too thinly, none grow.  How this happens is anyone’s guess, but that has been my experience as well.
 
Third, once the seeds are sown, they must be watered AT LEAST once a day.  Miss one day, and the seeds won’t germinate, and the ones that have germinated will die.   Then, if all goes well and the carrots sprout, the bed must be carefully watered and the carrots thinned to produce a weed-free, properly spaced stand of carrots.  This is truly a labor of love, but the rewards are one of nature’s most nutritious and flavorful foods.
 
In the early 1980s, I joined the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine.  The president of the group was a young family-practice physician who, soon after I joined the group, contracted testicular cancer.  Rather than undergo conventional chemotherapy, he used the Gerson Diet, with its 8 to 10 glasses of carrot juice a day, as his main therapy.  He went into a full remission, which lasted about a decade.  At that time, he had a recurrence, which he attempted unsuccessfully to treat with conventional therapy.  It was a difficult time for our entire close-knit group of young doctors, but it drove home for all of us the life-long lesson that disease can be treatable through dietary changes.  The experience was such a profound lesson for me that one year later, when I graduated from medical school, I asked my parents for a Norwalk juicer as my graduation present.  My intention was to lend it to my cancer patients to make their own carrot juice.  Thirty-three years later, that juicer has made untold gallons of carrot juice for me and my patients.  
 
Although dietary suggestions for cancer patients have changed through the years, especially with the finding that low-carbohydrate diets can be very effective, I still always remember the power of carrots in my friend’s recovery.  We used to think it was either the enzymes or the beta-carotene in carrots that were the active agents, but new research has identified an interesting chemical called falcarinol, which is found only in the root of the carrot plant.

Falcarinol is a natural “pesticide” and also protects the plant from fungal attacks. Falcarionol seems to have important anti-cancer effects in both prevention and treatment; in one study, rats fed falcarinol had one-third less cancer incidence than similar rats not fed falcarinol.  Furthermore, falcarinol seems to become more bio-available through either mastication (i.e., juicing in a grind-and-press juicer, like the Norwalk) or through gentle heat (like blanching and dehydration).
 
Our Carrot Powder, made from organically grown orange carrots from local Northern California farms, was made with the bio-availability of the important nutrients in mind.   Even though some of the beta-carotene is lost through cooking, this is an easy nutrient to get in our daily food.   More important are carrots’ unique chemicals, like falcarinol, where the actual medicinal benefits might lie. 
 

 Our carrots are blanched, dehydrated at low heat and then ground and put into Miron jars or mixed into our Threefold blends.   The Carrots Powder works well with both savory dishes, as in the chili we had last night (below), or sweet foods, such as Orange-Carrot Muffins (below).   Carrots deserve a special place in the annals of medicinal food and should be included in virtually everyone’s daily diet. 

In health,
Tom Cowan, M.D.




Also in News

Trifling With Chia
Trifling With Chia

June 15, 2021

Trifling With Chia is perfect for those moments when you have decision fatigue. What should I eat? Trifle or chia? Now there’s no need to choose; you can enjoy the best of both puddings.

 

If I had my way, every dessert menu would be a tasting menu. I’d choose 3 or 4 plates without anyone batting an eyelid. But alas, that’s simply not your average dining experience. This recipe is for those who like to enjoy more than one delicious treat at a time, without feeling guilty. It’s guilt free and full of naturally raw, wild, and minimally processed ingredients like fiber-rich chia seeds, baruka nuts, beet powder, coconut butter, turmeric powder, bee pollen, cacao, and sweet spices like cinnamon and lucuma (optional). With a little ingenuity, you might be able to eat all the colors of the rainbow in one mouthful.

Read More

Ashitaba Creamy Green Goddess Dressing
Ashitaba Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

June 08, 2021

Homemade dressings are one of the easiest, and cost-effective ways to upgrade the nutrient content of any dish, such as a plate of cooked vegetables, crudité, or eggs. There’s little room for error if you follow one of the golden rules of cooking: taste as you go. This is one of the reasons why dressings will always be firm favorites in our household.

Read More

Preserving The Harvest
Preserving The Harvest

June 08, 2021

Rhubarb has been growing in wonderful abundance in our garden. One of the leaves is almost as big as my computer desk, and the stalks are bright red with a superb tartness. For this recipe, I am using maple syrup and lemon, and I will be freezing it for use later on this fall and winter. The early preservation recipes need to be quick and easy, since most of my time is absorbed by maintaining the garden and optimizing productivity.

Read More

Net Orders Checkout

Item Price Qty Total
Subtotal $ 0.00
Shipping
Total

Shipping Address

Shipping Methods