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Family Apiaceae / Umbelliferae
Daucus carota L.

Ye hu luo bo

Scientific names Common names
Daucus carota L. Karon (Ilk.)
Daucus carota L. subsp. sativus (Hoffm.) Arcang. Karot (Tag.)
  Carrot (Engl.)
  Queen Anne's lace (Engl.)
Daucus carota L. is the preferred scientific name.

Other vernacular names
ARABIC: Gazar.
BENGALI: Gaajara.
CATALAN: Apagallums, Bastanaga borda o Bastanaga, Bastanaguera, Botges, Bufanaga, Bufanagues, Carlota, Fonollassa, Pastanaga, Pastanaguera, Safanòria.
CHINESE: Fan luo bo, Hong cai tou, Hong lu fai, Hong luo bo, Hu lu fai, Huang gen, Huang luo bo, Hong da gen, Jin sun, Yang hua luo bo, Ye hu luo bo.
CROATIAN: Mrkva, Mrkvovey.
CZECH: Mrkev obecná,
DANISH: Vild gulerod, Have-gulerod, Spisegulerod, Karotter, Gullerødder.
DUTCH: Wilde wortel, Wilde peen.
ESTONIAN: Aedporgand, Metsporgand, Porgand.
FINNISH: Porkkana, Ruokaporkkana, Viljelty porkkana.
FRENCH: Carotte, Carottes, Carotte sauvage.
GERMAN: Gelbe Rübe, Karotte, Karotten, Möhre, Mohrrübe, Speisemöhre, Speisemöhren.
GREEK: Karoto.
HEBREW: Gezer, Gezer ha-ginna, Gezer hagina, Gezer haginah.
HINDI: Gājara, Gajar.
HUNGARIAN: Etkezesi, Murok, Sárgarépa, Vadmurok, Vadrépa.
INDIAN: Gaajara (Bengali), Gajar (Gujarati), Gagar, Gazara (Marathi), Varttula (Sanskrit), Shikhamulamu (Telugu), Gazar (Urdu).
INDONESIAN: Bortol, Wertel, Wortel, Wortol, Ortel.
ITALIAN: Carota, Carote.
KHMER: Karôt.
KOREAN: Dang geun, Hongdangmuu.
LITHUANIAN: Valgomoji morka, Morkos, Paprastoji.
MALAY: Lobak merah, Boktel.
NORWEGIAN: Dyrka guirot, Gulrot villgurot.
POLISH: Marchew uprawna.
PORTUGUESE: Cenoura, Cenouras, Escarrapiche.
RUSSIAN: Morkov, Morkov dikaia, Morkov obyknovennaia.
SERBIAN: Sargarépa.
SPANISH: Acenoria, Acenovia, Bufanaga, Zanahoria, Zenoria.
SWAHILI: Karoti.
TAMIL: Kāraṭ, Karat, Karuvathu kelengu, Kēraṭ, Mañcaḷ muḷḷaṅki.
TELUGU: Kārat, Kyāraṭ.
THAI: Khaerot.

Carrot is an erect, vegetable herb, growing 30 to 60 centimeters in height, with 2 to 3 pinnate leaves, the ultimate leaflet being oblong-lanceolate or linear. Flowers are small, white, or yellow, borne in compound umbels. Fruit is small, ellipsoid, dorsally compressed, bristled and ribbed. The tap root is robust, sometimes swollen, fleshy, and yellow or orange-colored.

- Cultivated for its fleshy roots.
- Grows best at high elevation, particularly the Baguio area.
- Introduced to the Philippines.
- Native of Europe, northern Africa, and Asia.

- Leaves contain a volatile oil with pyrrolidine, daucine, and mannite.
- Roots yield volatile oil 0.0114%; fixed oil, carotin, lecithin, phosphatide, glutamine, sugar 4 to 12%, d-glucose, malic acid, pectin 1 to 3%, asparagine, inosite, etc.
- Leaves and seeds yield an alkaloid; the seeds, in addition, yield a bitter glucoside.

- Nutrition value of fresh, raw carrots per 100 g yielded: (Principle) energy 41 cal, carbohydrate 9.58 g, protein 0.93 g, total fat 0.24 g, cholesterol 0 mg, dietary fiber 2.8 g; (Vitamins) folate 19 µg, niacin 0.983 mg, pantothenic acid 0.273 mg, pyridoxin 0.138, riboflavin 0.058 mg, thiamin 0.066 mg, vitamin A 16706 IU, vitamin K 13.2 µg; (Electrolytes) sodium 69 mg, potassium 320 mg; (Minerals) calcium 33 mg, copper 0.045 mg, iron 0.30mg, magnesium 12 mg, manganese 0.143 mg, phosphorus 35 mg, selenium 0.1 µg, zinc 0.24 mg; (Phytonutrients) carotene-a 3427 µg, carotene-ß 8285 µg, crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg, lutein-zeaxanthin 256 µg. (USDA National Nutrient Base) (21)
- Study of essential oils yielded main components of α-pinene (27.44%), sabinene (25.34%), germacrene D (16.33%) inn leaves and geranyl acetate (52.45%), sedrone S (14.04%), and azarone E (11.39% in seeds. (see study below) (22)

- Astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, sudorific.
- Considered aphrodisiac, nervine tonic.

Parts used
Roots, seeds.
Culinary / Nutritional / Edibility
- A valued vegetable, eaten raw or cooked.
- An ingredient of Philippine achara; also used in various native dishes.
- Roots are a good source of calcium, iron, and phosphorus; a fair source of vitamin B; and a source of vitamins A, C and B2.
- In Java, the young leaves are eaten.

- Believed to be beneficial for cancers and kidney problems.
- For coughs and chest afflictions, the roots are boiled in milk; the milk is drunk and a poultice of the root is applied to the chest.
- In Mexico, roots are boiled in milk and used for coughs and chest affliction.
- For burns and infected ulcers, grated carrots are applied to the affected parts.
- Ointment made from roots and lard used for burns and scalds.
- Raw carrots eaten as mechanical anthelmintic.
- Root made into marmalade used as refrigerant.
- Poultice of carrots also used for ulcers, carbuncles, infected wounds.
- Seeds of the plant when ground to powder and taken as tea for colic and to increase urine flow.
- Tea of carrot blossoms has been used for treatment of dropsy.
- In India, seeds as considered a nervine tonic; Decoction of leaves and seeds used as stimulant to the uterus during parturition. In the Punjab, seeds are used as aphrodisiac and used for uterine pain. Fruit is recommended for chronic diarrhea. Seeds also used as abortifacient.
- Contraceptive effect mentioned in ancient Hippocrates writing; Seeds, harvested in the fall, are strong contraceptive if taken immediately after coitus." (24)
- In European folk medicine, root decoction used for jaundice and hepatic disorders.
- Carrot-infused oil: Blog describes the making of carrot-infused oil.

Hepatoprotective / CCl4-Hepatotoxicity: A study of carrot extract revealed it could provide significant protective action in the alleviation of CCl4-induced hepatocellular injury.
(1) GC-MS analysis of a50:50 pentane:diethyl ester fraction yielded the presence of 2-himachalen-6-ol (61.4%). Fractions 3 and 4 were rich in phenolics and flavonoids and demonstrated significant DPPH activity and high FRAP values. Study showed hepatoprotective effects against CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity. (29)
Antitumor: Study of the petroleum ether extract of seeds of carrot showed antitumor activity, inhibiting the growth of Ehrlich ascites tumor in mice. (2)
Antifungal / Cytotoxicity: Study or Daucus carota oil showed it to contain high amounts of elemicin with its strong antifungal activity with cytotoxicity and low detrimental effect on mammalian cells. (3)
Cardiovascular / Hypotensive Effect: Study of ethanolic extract exhibited Ca+ channel blocking-like direct relaxant action on cardiac and smooth muscle preparation, an activity probably responsible for its hypotensive effect.
Hepatoprotective / Lindane Hepatotoxicity:: Study of carrot extract showed it restored the depressed antioxidants and HDL levels to near normal and afforded a significant protective effect against lindane-induced hepatotoxicity. (5)
Cardioprotective: Study results imply that D. carota is a potential source of protection from myocardial infarction and maintenance of its tonicity. (8)
Hypolipidemic / Cognitive Dysfunction Benefits: Daucus carota extract significantly reduced brain acetylcholinesterase activity and cholesterol levels in mice. Results suggest it may be a useful remedy for management of cognitive dysfunctions with multifarious beneficial activities including memory improving property, cholesterol lowering benefits and anticholinesterase activity. (6)
Intraocular Pressure Lowering: Topical application of DC seed extract in rabbits showed a comparatively slower onset of action but the duration of action comparable to pilocarpine in all experimental models. (7)
Cognitive and Memory Benefits: Study of ethanol extract of D. carota suggest it may prove useful for the management of cognitive dysfunctions with memory improving property, cholesterol lowering and anticholinesterase activity. (9)
Hypolipidemic: Ethanolic extract of seeds exhibited a significant lowering of total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL ?, and VLDL as compared to the control group. The antioxidant potential of seeds contributed to the reduction of oxidative stress and lipid levels in experimental rats. (10)
Antinociceptive / Anti-Inflammatory: Ethanolic seed extract investigated for anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity in acute and chronic models in rats inhibited carrageenan, histamine, and serotonin-induced paw edema. The extract also significantly attenuated the writhing responses induced by intraperitoneal acetic acid injection. (11)
Anti-Dementia / Seeds: Ethanolic extract of seeds was studied for its effects on memory in rats using several behavioral models. The extract showed significant improvement of young and aged rats in the elevated plus maze, H W maze and hexagonal swimming pool. The extract also reversed amnesia induced by scopolamine and diazepam. Results suggest DC to be a promising candidate for improving memory and a potential plant to explore for the management of Alzheimer patients. (14)
Anti-Tumor / Antioxidant: A water extract of Daucus carota exhibited relatively high free radical scavenging activity and antioxidant power. It also showed a suppressive activity against tumor production in mouse skin, possibly related to the antioxidant properties of the extract. (15)
Peroxidases: Peroxidases play an important role in a wise range of biochemical processes and can be used as sensitive and accurate stress markers. Study investigated the distribution of guiacol peroxidases in carrot root. (16)
• Nephroprotective / Gentamicin Toxicity / Toxicity Study / Roots: Study evaluated the nephroprotective effects of ethanolic root extract of Daucus carota against gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity in albino Wistar rats. Results showed significant (p<0.01) dose-dependent decreased in gentamicin induced elevation in BUN, creatinine, and uric acid levels. No clinical signs of toxicity or mortality was seen on testing dose of 2000 mg/kbw for 14 days. (20)
• Antioxidant / Essential Oil / Seeds and Leaves: Study evaluated the composition and antioxidants effects of essential oils and methanolic extracts of seeds and leaves of wild carrot. GC and GC-MS analysis yielded 48 and 47 volatile compounds, respectively. Antioxidant activity by DPPH and TBA method showed the methanolic extracts of leaves and seed was more significant than essential oils. Results suggest the methanolic extract and oil have potential as natural additive in food industry to increase shelf life of food stuffs and in the pharmaceutical industry. (see constituents above) (22)
• Anticancer / Human Breast Adenocarcinoma Cell Line / Pentane Fraction of Oil: Study evaluated the anticancer effect of D. carota oil extract fractions on human breast adenoCA cell lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7. Pentane fraction (F1) and 1:1 pentane:diethyl ether fraction (F2) showed highest cytotoxicity against both cell lines. Both fractions increased apoptotic cell death and chromatic condensation. Results showed the pentane-based fractions possess potential anticancer activity mainly mediated through the Erk pathway. (23)
• Hair-Growth Promoting Activity: Study evaluated hair growth promoting activity of PE and aqueous extracts of D. carota by application of standardized extract in gel formulation to the shaved dorsal skin of albino rats. Results showed promotion of hair growth by inducing an earlier anagen phase and prolonging the mature anagen phase. Results showed increase in both numbers and size of hair follicles of the extract treated group. Immunohistochemical analysis showed earlier induction of ß-catenin in hair follicles of the extract treated group. (26)
• Anticancer / Antioxidant / Oil Extract: Study evaluated the in vitro antioxidant activity and in vitro anticancer activities of D. carota oil extract on four human cancer cell lines viz. human colon (HT-29, CaCo-2) and breast (MCF-7, MDA-MD-231) cell lines. The DCOE showed antioxidant activity in all assays. The DCOE also exhibited significant increase in cell death and decrease in cell proliferation on the cell lines in a time- and dose-dependent manner. (27)
• Effects on Leukemia Cell Lines / Juice Extracts: Carrot contains beneficial constituents, such as ß-carotene and polyacetylenes. Study investigated the effect of carrot juice extracts on myeloid and lymphoid leukemia cell lines and normal hematopoietic stem cells. Results showed extracts from carrots can induce apoptosis and cause cell cycle arrest in leukemia cell lines. (28)
• Wound Healing / Roots: Study evaluated the wound healing of an ethanolic extract of roots on excision wound and incision wound models using a soft paraffin based cream formulations of 1%, 2%, and 4% w/w. In the incision wound model, there was increase in tensile strength, hydroxyproline and protein content. Results showed wound healing property attributed to various phytoconstituents like flavonoids and phenolic derivatives together with its antioxidant and antimicrobial potentials. (30)
• Gastroprotective / Roots: Study evaluated D. carota fresh juice extract pf roots for gastric ulceration experimentally induced by pyloric ligation, aspirin, and ethanol. The DCE at dose of 400 mg/kg produced 60.45, 56.80% and 43.51% significant inhibition, respectively. (31)

- Cultivated market produce.

- Carrot seed essential oil in the cybermarket.

Updatded August 2017 / November 2013

Photos ©Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Daucus carota / Jacob Sturm, Johann Georg Sturm - Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen (1796) / Pubiic Domain . / alterVISTA
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: UMBEL / Wild Carrot, this umbel about 8cm diameter. / File:Daucus carota May 2008-1 edit.jpg / MAY 2008 / Alvesgaspar. / Wikipedia

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Hepatoprotective activity of carrot (Daucus carota L.) against carbon tetrachloride intoxication in mouse liver / Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 47, Issue 2, 7 July 1995, Pages 69-74 / doi:10.1016/0378-8741(95)01254-B
Effect of the seed extract of carrot (Daucus carota Linn.) on the growth of Ehrlich ascites tumour in mice / P. K. Majumder, M. Gupta / Phytotherapy Research Vol 12 Issue 8, Pages 584 - 585 / (DOI) 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1573(199812)12:8<584::AID-PTR332>3.0.CO;2- /
Essential oil of Daucus carota subsp. halophilus : Composition, antifungal activity and cytotoxicity / Journal of ethnopharmacology / 2008, vol. 119, no1, pp. 129-134
Cardiovascular actions of Daucus carota / A H Gilani et al / Archives of Pharmacal Research / Volume 17, Number 3 / June, 1994 / DOI 10.1007/BF02974250
Protective effect of carrot (Daucus carota L.) against lindane - induced hepatotoxicity in rats / P. Balasubramaniam, L. Pari, Venugopal P. Menon / Phytotherapy Research Vol 12 Issue 6, Pages 434 - 436
Pharmacological Evidence for the Potential of Daucus carota in the Management of Cognitive Dysfunctions / Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin / Vol. 29 (2006) , No. 6 1154
Lowering of intraocular pressure by topical application of Daucus carota seed extract in rabbits / Renu Agarwal et al / Indian Jourl of Experimental Biology / Vol 46. July 2008, pp 541-546
Inotropic and cardioprotective effects of Daucus carota Linn. on isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction / P Muralidharan et al / Bangladesh J Pharmacol 2008; 3: 74-79
Pharmacological Evidence for the Potential of Daucus carota in the Management of Cognitive Dysfunctions(Pharmacology) / Vasudevan Mani and Parle Milind / Biological & pharmaceutical bulletin 29(6), 1154-1161, 2006-06-01
HYPOLIPIDEMIC ACTIVITY OF ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF DAUCUS CAROTA SEEDS IN NORMAL RATS / Kamlesh Singh, Hemant Dhongade, Nisha Singh, Pranita Kashyap / Internation Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research, Vol 1, No 3 (2010)
Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammtory Properties of Daucus carota Seeds Extract
/ Mani Vasudevan, Kumar Gunnam, and Millind Parle / Journal of Health Science, 52(5) 598-606, 2006.

Sorting Daucus names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
The Contraceptive Properties of Carrots / World Carrot Museum
Anti-Dementia Potential of Daucus carota Seed Extract in Rats
Anti-tumor and antioxidant effects of Daucus carota water extract. (c2009) / Ghaziri-Tabbarah, Farah El / Lebanese American University, 2011-10-25
Guaiacol Peroxidases in Carrot (Daucus carota L.) Root / Hrvoje Lepeduš*, Vera Cesar and Marijana Krsnik-Rasol / Food Technol. Biotechnol. 42 (1) 33–36 (2004)
Daucus carota / Synonyms / NCBI Taxonomy / EOL
Daucus carota: Common names / T.K. Lim / Edible Medicinal and Non-Medicinal Plants: Vol 9.../ Google Books
Sorting Daucus names / /Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1995 - 2020 / A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia.
Carrot (Daucus carota L.): Nephroprotective against gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats /
Vamsi Sodimbaku, Latha Pulari, Raviteja Mullanqi, and Saisudheer Marri / Indian J Pharmacol. 2016 Mar-Apr; 48(2): 122–127.  / doi:  10.4103/0253-7613.178822
Nutrition Value: Carrot Nutrition-Medicinal Use / World Carrot Museum
Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of the essential oil and the methanol extract of Algerian wild carrot Daucus carota L. ssp. carota. (L.) Thell. / A. Ksouri, T. Dob*, A. Belkebir, S. Krimat, C. Chelghoum / J. Mater. Environ. Sci. 6 (3) (2015) 784-791
Daucus carota pentane-based fractions arrest the cell cycle and increase apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells / Wassim N ShebabyMohammad MrouehKikki Bodman-SmithAnthony Mansour Robin I TalebCostantine F Daher and Mirvat El-Sibai / MBC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ISCMR) 2014, 14:387 / https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-14-387
Queen Anne's Lace Seeds as Contraception / Wild Carrot  (Daucus carota)
How to Make Carrot-Infused Oil / The School for Aromatic Studies
Pharmacological and Histochemical Screening for Hair Growth-Promoting Activity of Daucus carota Herbal Gel. / Namrta Shukla, Sridevi G and Gopkumar P / Research & Reviews in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutial Sciences
The Antioxidant and Anticancer Effects of Wild Carrot Oil Extract / Wassim Nasri Shebaby,  Mirvat El-Sibai, Kikki Bodman- Smith, Marc Christoph Karam, Mohamad Mroueh, Costantine F. Daher / Phytotherapy Research / DOI: 10.1002/ptr.4776
Bioactive Chemicals from Carrot ( Daucus carota) Juice Extracts for the Treatment of Leukemia / Rana Zaini, Malcolm R Clench, Christine Le Maitre / DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0284 
Antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities of the oil fractions from wild carrot (Daucus carota ssp. carota) / Wassim N Shebaby, Costantine F Daher, Mirvat El-Sibae, Kikki Bodman-smith, Anthony Mansour, Marc C. Karam and ohammad Mroueh / Pharmaceutical Biology, Vol 53, Issue 9 (2015)
Pharmacological evaluation of ethanolic extract of Daucus carota Linn root formulated cream on wound healing using excision and incision wound model / Mithun Vishwanath K Patil*, Amit D Kandhare, Sucheta D Bhise / Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (2012) S646-S655
GASTROPROTECTIVE ACTIVITY OF THE AQUEOUS EXTRACT FROM THE ROOTS OF DAUCUS CAROTA L IN RATS / Nayeem Khatib*, Godad Angel, Hashilkar Nayna, Joshi Rajesh Kumar / IJRAP 2010, 1 (1) 112-119

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