Carob is a very healthy nutrient that may prevent many diseases. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Carob strengthens the immune system, fights cancer and protects cardiovascular health. It is rich in calcium and contributes to bone development and prevents osteoporosis. It helps weight loss because it gives a feeling of satiety. Carob balances blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It enhances sexual performance through an aphrodisiac effect. Carob can be eaten as a fruit or consumed as a syrup. Carob powder comes from grinding its beans and can be used instead of cocoa or coffee. What’s more, its molasses syrup can be easily made at home.
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Carob is part of the legume family. It is the fruit of a tree that grows naturally in the Mediterranean climate. In its raw form, the fruit is bright green. It turns brown when it dries, matures and hardens. It is surrounded by a sweet, edible fruit flesh and contains 5-15 hard brown seeds. Carob is harvested in autumn and is used in many foods and pharmaceutical products. (1)
Carob is a natural antioxidant and a very high source of energy. (1)
With its high fiber content, it lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, arterial blockage, heart attacks and stroke. It also helps to reduce the amount of triglycerides (type of fat) in the blood. (2)
Carob (especially the seed extract) can prevent certain types of cancer such as cervical cancer and lung cancer due to the polyphenols it contains. (3)
Carob is a rich source of antioxidants that prevent viruses and harmful bacteria. In particular, it reduces the risks of gastrointestinal infection and speeds up the healing process of existing infections. It is also effective in the treatment of allergic asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu. (4)
It is high in fiber and protects the digestive system. It can promote the release of stomach fluids, aid bowel movement and prevent severe gastrointestinal disorders. Carob is effective against diarrhea and in the treatment of acute diarrhea. (5)
The amount of sugar and calories in carob is low. It regulates blood sugar levels and prevents them from rising. It is a safe food especially in its use against fatigue in diabetic patients. However, you should always consult a doctor. (6)
Carob contains three times more calcium than milk and contributes to healthy bone development and prevents osteoporosis. As there is no oxalate in the calcium it contains, it does not cause kidney stones.
Being rich in fiber, it prevents the secretion of hunger hormone ghrelin and provides a feeling of satiety which can help with weight loss. (7)
This aphrodisiac fruit keeps people fit and energetic and increases sexual performance. It also helps in solving the problem of infertility as it increases sperm count. However, if consumed more than necessary, saturated fatty acid may cause harm rather than good.
Drink this water for 1 week on an empty stomach in the morning and 1 cup before going to bed at night. From the second week onwards consume only at night for three months. Repeat occasionally in the following months.
Carob powder (flour) is made from dried carob kernels. It is mostly used as an alternative to cocoa and as a natural sweetener in bakery products. (8)
Carob extract is a liquid concentrated form of carob fruit through various processes. Since it is not boiled like molasses, minerals and amino acids that are beneficial for the human body do not decrease. It is usually drunk on an empty stomach in the morning. For breakfast you can use it as a honey or jam substitute. You can add it to a variety of foods such as yogurt, cream cheese and ice cream, and use it to get a chocolate aroma in desserts.
When buying carob, choose fresh, slightly cracked and not overly large or small pods. Since the shell is hard, soak in warm water to soften. Do not eat the seeds. The Carob should brew in boiled water for 5-10 minutes, then you can drink as tea. Or roast the seeds and consume them as decaf coffee.
Carob is a low-risk category food. Although there are not many, there are still some side effects if over consumed.