Carrots for Cancer, Estrogen Dominance and a Natural CleanseLuke Coutinho
During my recent trip to New York, as I interacted with doctors, nutritionists, research scientists, and other integrative and lifestyle medicine experts, one revolutionary root vegetable kept coming up in conversations. Today I want to speak to you about it.
It takes me back to my childhood. From grade 1 to 10, when my mum would pack our lunches, she always added this orange-colored root vegetable to it. Yes, I am speaking about raw carrots. Growing up, there was never a day that I missed eating a carrot. It is a tradition that I will continue with my daughter. I encourage you to do the same for your health and your children.
F for Falcarinol
Carrots have a natural pesticide called falcarinol to protect them from death, attack, and fungal diseases. Research shows that falcarinol has a protective effect against certain types of cancer. Falcarinol and its derivatives are now being extensively studied and used in multivitamins for cancer patients.
But what is purely incredible is that falcarinol is now shown to slow down the development of cancer growth, inhibit aggressive cells that are already present in a tumor, and aid overall prevention.
Does this mean that eating a carrot is going to prevent or cure your cancer? NO. Because cancer is a multifactorial disease. But what carrots can do is assist your body to build strength and aid with prevention and management. It is not a magic vegetable. You need to look at your overall lifestyle: sleep, emotional wellness, nutrition, exercise, and nurture your internal and external environment.
Falcarinol is being studied not just in animals but also humans. If you have cancer, it can help reduce the spread by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and inducing cell apoptosis (cell death).
While falcarinol is found in celery and parsley too, carrots are super rich in them. What also sets carrots apart is that it is simple, affordable, and easy to consume. Even on days that you are crunched for time, it takes less than 5 minutes for you to wash, peel and pack a carrot for lunch. If you live in a country that doesn’t have fresh carrots, you can eat frozen carrots too. Falcarinol is most effective when you eat it in raw carrots.
Carrots for weight loss
Back in nutrition school, most of us learned that beta-carotenes, carotenoids, Vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants make carrots excellent for eye health, skin, hair, gut, and cholesterol levels.
But did you know carrots have protein and fibers that keep you full and are excellent for fat loss? If you tend to overeat, all you need to do is make a simple lifestyle change. Start your meal with one carrot. You will find over time that you are eating less. But will only eating carrots help with weight loss? NO. Pay attention to all aspects of your lifestyle.
Falcarinol for fungal infection
You may wonder, but external fungal infections can be treated with topical applications, right? While they can, these infections are also a clear reflection of our internal environment. Just like falcarinol helps fight fungal infections in carrots, it can also help us when we consume raw carrots.
Carrots to fight estrogen dominance
Even if we don’t have cancer, we need to look at prevention. Let’s be honest. We live in tough times where our air is polluted with toxins, food has pesticides, and everything ranging from the meat we eat, the milk we drink, medications we take, cosmetics we apply, and personal hygiene products we use has estrogen in it.
To fight this, we need to make our bodies stronger with the right foods and a healthy lifestyle.
Estrogen dominance today has become an increasingly common problem among most women leading to PCOS/PCOD, endometriosis, cysts, fibroids, ER+ breast cancers, uterine cancers, ovarian cancers, and so on. Another issue caused by estrogen dominance is excess and stubborn belly fat, both among men and women. No matter how well they eat or exercise, they cannot seem to lose this fat.
Why are doctors warning women going through difficult menopause of the risk factor of ER+ breast cancer or ovarian cancer? It is because of estrogen dominance.
Can increasing your portion of carrots or improving the consistency of eating help? Absolutely YES. Carrots contain a unique indigestible fiber that can help you detox/cleanse. It removes excess estrogen from your intestine. Once you do it, this estrogen does not get reabsorbed back into your system.
I have many women reaching out to me asking: Luke, I am going through menopause. My estrogen levels are falling, so why does it show that I have estrogen dominance?
Where does your body store excess estrogen? In the fat cells in your abdominal region. The fat you have accumulated over the years is holding on to that estrogen.
Also, if you are struggling with chronic constipation, you reabsorb estrogen into your system, and your liver reactivates it. Don’t live with chronic constipation. It is connected with all diseases, especially cancer. I once had a doctor who challenged me and said – there are over-the-counter medications and laxatives to deal with constipation – why make a big deal out of it?
I said, “Think about it. If you have crap lying in your room, you will remove it, right? How are you okay with holding onto poop in your body that is filled with toxins, bacteria, dangerous gasses, funguses, and infections? Reabsorption of estrogen in your system will lead to a hormonal imbalance. Today, we have young girls and ladies with PCOS who are highly constipated. Sometimes, a protocol as simple as addressing this chronic constipation, their PCOS has been fixed.
Carrots to cleanse your liver
Carrots help you clean the liver. We extensively use it to handle cases of liver cancer or liver cirrhosis, or any liver condition. Its rich nutritional properties help repair and regenerate liver enzymes. The cleaner your liver and the fewer the toxins, the greater your ability to burn fat too. If you are struggling to lose weight, perhaps pay attention to your liver and move to action to keep it clean.
How to eat carrots?
The beauty of carrots is that it has this indigestible fiber that keeps you full for a longer time and can keep cravings at bay. So snack on them. Grate it to make a salad. Be as creative as possible. It is a blank canvas to play with. Eat a whole carrot, and bite into it mindfully. Chewing strengthens your jaws and teeth. If you have little time, you can choose to juice it. Find the benefits of carrot juice here.
Add raw, washed, and peeled carrots to your and your children’s tiffins. Make it a culture in your family. Of course, if you have an allergy or have medical conditions that don’t allow you to have them, avoid them.
The fiber from carrots helps populate your gut microbiome. Now if you have ulcerative colitis or other gut issues which makes it difficult for your body to break down raw carrot, you can also opt to cook them.
Cooked carrots may lose a little nutritional value in terms of falcarinol but they help break down the thick and strong plant cellulose and allow betacarotene and carotenoids to shine effectively. If you are eating carrots for better skin, hair, and eye health – you can opt to cook them too. Make a carrot soup, mash, or just steam them.
What to be careful of?
Remember to not overdo it. You can eat up to 1 to 2 carrots a day. Some people with cancer start drinking 2 liters of carrot juice and develop carotenemia, where their skin turns orange (due to the beta carotenes and carotenoids). Overdoing carrots can be toxic for you. Just having more carrots will not give you better results.
If you have pollen, dust, or animal fur allergies – be careful. It can aggravate it in rare cases. Everyone is unique and a bio-individual. Find out if it suits you or not.
Because carrot is a root vegetable that grows underground, it has a lot of pesticides. Prefer to work with sustainable farmers and source organic varieties. Cut out the middleman. Organically grown carrots may not look beautiful or uniform. They may be deformed or not pretty to look at, but they are good for your health and pure. Rember, the nutrition from falcarinol and beta carotenes is found in full-grown carrots. Baby carrots are a fad.
The bottom line
Carrots exist abundantly around us. But are we using them enough? Get that orange-colored wonder vegetable into your plate and complete the rainbow. You don’t need a household or cook to do that. Do it yourself. Start with one carrot and be consistent. 1 for a child, and 2 for adults. If you have PCOS, endometriosis, or ER+ breast cancers, remember carrot is your best friend.
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