What Are The Health Benefits Of Carob

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How many of us know what the health benefits of carob are?


Further still, do we even know about a fruit called carob? Those of you living in America or Northern Europe might not have ever come across this very nutritious fruit. Carob or Ceratonia Siliqua is a native of the Mediterranean region and is mostly cultivated in southern and eastern Spain. This is a long living, evergreen tree growing in warm climates. The benefits of carob are so many that one hopes that this fruit is more popular in the rest of the world. Carob health benefits are attributed to its nutritional content that includes carbohydrates, dietary fibers, tannins, minerals and proteins. Carobs are used in dairy products, cereals, snacks and baked goods.


 


Carob in History


 


Even though carob is not a common fruit, it finds place in ancient texts and stories. With a Biblical reference, being consumed by Jews during holidays and juice of carob being consumed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, carob does have a historical and religious reverence which can be largely due to the recognition of the many benefits of carob.


 


Health Benefits of Carob


 


Carob tree is also known as the locust tree and lives on for more than 100 years. Carob health benefits are largely unrecognized by the modern world even though carob is being consumed since ancient times. Some of the benefits of carob on health include:


 


  • Aiding digestion process and can be used to treat diarrhea in adults as well as children.



  • Carob is an antioxidant.



  • Can lower cholesterol levels.



  • Is effective against allergies and asthma.



  • Carob can help smokers to expectorate.



  • Since carob does not contain any caffeine, they are ideal to be used in patients with high blood pressure.



  • Regular use can bring about carob health benefits like prevention of lung cancer.



  • Can be used successfully in treating flu, cough and anemia.



  • Many benefits of carob like analgesic, anti allergic, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial etc are due to the presence of gallic acid in them.



  • Gallic acid has been found to be effective against the polio virus and can aid in prevention of the debilitating and irreversible disease.


 


The benefits of carob can help people with ailing health and there is a requirement for carob to be made more easily available.


 


 


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