Growing in the ground, root vegetables seem to
absorb a great amount of the nutrients mother earth has to offer, which is why
people who want to be healthier are strongly recommended to make them a fixed
addition to the menu.
You'd be well advised to start with these eight:
One of the most varied root vegetables, with over
200 types, is the yam, with colors ranging from yellow to purple. All the types
of yams share high levels of vitamin B6 and potassium. There are evidence to
suggest that the essence of the yam contains a chemical that serves as a
substitute to the female hormone and eases the symptoms of menopause.
Although it was never proven scientifically, the
Chinese have been using yams to keep up their health for hundreds of years.
Ginger is the root of a plant that Chinese
medicine has been using for 2000 years. Ginger offers extensive health
advantages, including help with digestion, treating osteoperosis, alleviating
nausea, helping heart conditions and treating colds and headaches. All this
makes it a kind of natural super food.
Beets, in their royal purple, are loaded with
goodies, and are a great source of energy for the body. They are high in
sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous. They are also a fiber food and
are high vitamin A, vitamin C and niacin - they are amazing, especially
considering they are quite cheap. Just put them in the fridge for a few hours
and you've got a very healthy snack.
The ancient Greeks made much use of Radish in
their healing. The radish is high on vitamin C and is very good at lowering
your bad cholesterol. It will also help your urinary system and will increase
the supply of oxygen to your bloodstream.
The vegetable with the anise-like taste is a
regular component in mouth higene products, like toothpaste, breath fresheners
and anti-acids. The reason is that the oils in the fennel have great health
In addition, the fennel serves as a natural
medicine for anemia as it is very rich in iron. Digestion and respiratory
problems are a few more things the fennel can help you with. For all these
reasons - we highly recommend it makes its way into your menu.
Research in Holland has lately shown that orange
and yellow vegetables were the most efficient in guarding the consumer against
cardiovascular disease (CVD). Of that category, it was the carrot that were the
most prominent, the most effective.
If that's not reason enough to say 'what's up
doc?' and start munching on one, then they are also loaded with antioxidants
and do wonders for our eyes, because of the beta-croten which our bodies
convert to vitamin A.
Research has also found that eating carrots may
help the health of your lungs.
Whenever you are eating an onion, try to peel as
little of it as possible, because that's exactly where its flavonoids, that
contain great anti inflammatory benefits, reside at their highest
In addition, it was found that eating onions
increases bone density, which is especially important for the adult and mature
ages. Eating onions will help your body protect you from infections and will
reduce your risk for mouth and tracea cancers.
A bouquette of garlic can be a bit smelly, but it
a great gift, that will leave you with an incredible amount of health benefits.
Whole books have been written about the health benefits of garlic, and how its
great for the heart, is an excellent anti-viral, helps prevent cancer and aids
the metabolism. It is also a great defender from diseases that are caused by
over oxidation in the body.