NAMES: Carob Tree, St. John’s bread
- Carob is widely cultivated for its edible seeds and pods.
- Carob is widely used in baking products, snack bars, cereals, cocoa derived products and beverages, dairy products and others.
- Carob is highly nutritious and offers some medicinal benefits.
Carob has a long history of use. It is used by the early Egyptians as sweetener and was even believed as the food that sustained John the Baptist when he was young thus it is also called St. John's bread.
Carob Traditional Medicinal Uses and Health benefits:
Active constituents that are found in Carob include the following:
- sodium and phosphorus, the most abundant elements in carob fruits were rich sources of carbohydrates, proteins and minerals.
The combination of these minerals provide these claimed health benefits of Carob although limited scientific research would support these claims.
- Carob for diarrhea. Carob is effective in reducing the duration of symptoms of diarrhea if taken along with oral rehydration solution.
- Reduce cholesterol level. Carob with its high fiber content is effective to lower the cholesterol level in the blood. It also improves the ratio ot HDL and LDL in the blood.
- Anti-diabetic activity. Carob has insulin lowering capability that may be helpful in manageing type 2 diabetes.
- Weight loss. Carob is popularly known as a weight reducing tonic by stimulating the body’s metabolism, improving digestion, and effectively burning and eliminating fats.
- Antioxidant. Carob is believed to be rich in antioxidants. It is used to repair and prevent damage to cells by free radicals.
- Cancer. Carob is also being considered as a treatment for cervical and lung cancers due to its antioxidant activity.
- Anti-fungal and antibacterial activity. A powder made from Carob pods and seeds are used as an anti-fungal, antibacterial agent in treating wounds and other skin disorders.
- Analgesic action. Carob is also believed to relieve pain.
- Carob can prevent anemia, treat cough and flu
- Carob is rich in phosphorous and calcium and is used to prevent and treat osteoclasis and osteoporosis.
CAROB FRUIT~Ceratoniae siliq.fructus
Carob Fibers promote healthy cholesterol levels...
In a study published in “European Journal of Nutrition” in October 2003, theconsumption of food products enriched with carob fibers has beneficial effects on blood lipid profile by reducing the LDL cholesterol level (bad cholesterol) and improving the LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio.
This study suggests that consumption of carob fibers may be effective in preventing and treatment of hypercholesterolemia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14569404