Dr. Gerald Deas (26509)

If you look at a bunch of carrots, they look like beautiful, golden orange fingers, although they do not have any 24-carat diamonds wrapped around them. These fingers, however, contain nutrients that will enrich your life.

It has been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I guess this is true as long as they can get them without working for meager wages to harvest them from muddy streams in Africa, where living conditions are beyond description. If the money that is generated from the diamond industry were kept in Africa, life would surely be more tolerable. The governments would have ample funds to take care of medical needs that are required by the HIV-infected members of the population. I ask you, what European nation would allow foreigners, specifically from Africa, to come and remove their natural resources without adequate compensation?

Now if you really want to live a long time, it is the carrots that you eat that will help, rather then the carats of diamonds on your fingers. Carrots contain an abundant supply of nutrients, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and fiber. These nutrients are associated with a reduction in lung and stomach cancer, as well as in heart attacks. Beta-carotene is known as a free radical absorber. In other words, it protects the normal cells from becoming cancerous. Beta-carotene is a precursor to the production of vitamin A, which is used in the production of a pigment in the eye known as rhodopsin, which is concentrated in the retina and improves night vision. During World War II, pilots who flew at night were encouraged to eat plenty of carrots to improve their vision.

As may you recall from the cartoons, Bugs Bunny ate plenty of carrots, which I’m sure helped him to survive while aggravating Elmer Fudd. As he was chewing on a carrot, he would say, “What’s up, Doc?” I guess he was trying to encourage Elmer to eat more carrots.

Carrots have been used also to reduce pain when a person has a severe ear infection. If a few sticks of carrots are crushed and placed in a cloth and held over the infected ear, it seems that the moisture-containing enzymes from the carrot will help to draw out the infection. I suggest that you consult your doctor before using this time-proven remedy.

The ingestion of too many carrots may cause your skin to become orange. This condition, known as carotenosis, is not dangerous and will subside in a few weeks after eliminating excessive ingestion.

To get the best absorption of raw carrots, serve them with an oil. Carrots release beta-carotene upon cooking or shredding, and carrot water adds carotene to homemade soups.

Remember, carrots will ensure and enrich healthy life, but the diamond carat may only have empty promises.