Carrot is a plant. The leaves and the part that grows underground (carrot root) are used for food. The part that grows underground is also used for medicine.

Carrot root is taken by mouth for cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, fibromyalgia, vitamin A deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, and zinc deficiency.

In foods, carrot roots can be eaten raw, boiled, fried, or steamed. Carrot root can be eaten alone or added to cakes, puddings, jams, or preserves. Carrot root can also be prepared as a juice. Carrot leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

How it works

Carrot contains a chemical called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene might act as an antioxidant. Carrot also contains dietary fiber, which might improve stomach and intestine conditions such as diarrhea or constipation.


Possibly Effective
Vitamin A deficiency

Some early research shows that eating carrot jam for 10 weeks improves growth rate in children with vitamin A deficiency. Other early research shows that eating grated carrot for 60 days improves vitamin A levels in some pregnant women who are at risk for not having enough vitamin A.


Likely safe

Carrot is LIKELY SAFE when eaten as a food. It is not clear if carrot is safe when used as a medicine.Carrot might cause skin yellowing if eaten in large amounts. It might cause tooth decay if consumed in large quantities as a juice.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sLIKELY SAFEto eat carrot as a food if you are pregnant orbreast-feeding. However, not enough is known about the use of carrot as medicine duringpregnancyand breast-feeding.Are there any interactions with medications?

Children: It's LIKELY SAFE to eat carrot in normal food amounts. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to give large amounts of carrot juice to infants and young children. Large amounts of carrot juice might cause the skin to yellow and the teeth to decay.

Allergy to celery and related plants: Carrot may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to birch, mugwort, spices, celery, and related plants. This has been called the “celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome.”

Diabetes: Carrot might lower blood sugar levels. This could interfere with medications used for diabetes and cause blood sugar levels to go to low. If you have diabetes and use a large amount of carrots, monitor your blood sugar closely.


Always consult with your doctor.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Carrot might decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking carrot along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.