Forest Garden, Permaculture

Benefits of Carob

Carob Tree

Carob is a beneficial type of tree in the same family as peas that have a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to boost the immune system, reduce the risk of cancer, improve digestion, slow down aging, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and manage diabetes.

Ceratonia siliqua – Carob

Carob member of the Fabaceae family, so the edible fruits are considered legumes, like peas. The fruit comes in a pod, much like peas, and they grow in a cylindrical shape supported by a thick trunk, from which the pods grow. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and Northern Africa, as well as parts of the Indian subcontinent and Asia, all the way to Macaronesia. Many cultures regularly use carobs like other nuts and seeds, and also as a substitute for chocolate!

The health benefits of carobs are mainly attributed to their vitamin and mineral content, like calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin K, riboflavin, and vitamin E, as well as its natural antioxidants.

Cancer Prevention
The polyphenolic content of carob makes it an ideal antioxidant, and carob germ flour, another byproduct of this useful plant, has been directly associated with cytotoxic activity in the body. This means that it is toxic to some cells, but luckily, carob has shown a penchant for being toxic to cancer cells, particularly those related to cervical cancer. That, combined with the antioxidant activity of polyphenols which scavenge dangerous free radicals from throughout the body and prevent cancer, and other diseases, makes this food a very beneficial addition to your lines of defense against cancer!

Diabetes Management
In comparison to regular chocolate, carob has considerably less sugar, a fraction of the fat content, and only 1/3 of the calories. It can help prevent spikes in blood sugar and be a safe dietary choice for diabetics. This is why it is so often used as a replacement for chocolate in various cultures because it also provides protein and fiber that chocolate lacks. This makes carob helpful for people trying to lose weight, without depriving their sweet tooth of some chocolate on occasion!

Green seed pods on Carob Tree

Fights Osteoporosis and polio

The high amounts of phosphorus, calcium and gallic acid in carob are helpful in fighting osteoporosis and polio. It is therefore highly recommended to children susceptible to, or is suffering from polio.

Combats Common colds or Flu

Carobs are endowed with vitamin E, antioxidants and phytonutrients, all of which beneficial in the treatment of various maladie, notably colds and flu. The gallic acid in carob offers antiseptic, anti-allerfic as well as anti-bacterial properties. The other diseases it treats are anemia and coughs. In exceptional cases, it helps combat lung cancer.

Perfect Substitute for Chocolate

Unlike chocolate, Carob has neither caffeine nor theobromine. Theobromine is a neurotoxin while caffeine causes high blood pressure. Caffeine impacts negatively on adrenal glands hence making it unsuitable for people prone to blood pressure. Carob contains half as much calories and an equivalent of the same amount of fat as chocolate.

Carob trees grow prolifically in our South African climate, they are also perfect for your home garden.

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