Nutrition

Eat vegetables and let your food be your medicine

VegetableAlthough all vegetables have nutrients and some protective powers, for these vegetables, it’s above normal. These vegetables have a special chemical composition: They have sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent flavors.

When they’re broken down by biting, blending, or chopping, a chemical reaction occurs that converts these sulfur-containing compounds into isothiocyanates (ITCs) which prevent and knock out cancer and have infinite proven immune-boosting capabilities.

Many people are familiar with the term “cruciferous vegetables” and can even identify a vegetable like broccoli as belonging to this group. But because research on cruciferous vegetables has skyrocketed over the past years, many people may not be familiar with the latest science on this age-old group of vegetables.

They contain antiviral and antibacterial agents that keep the body disease free. Adding these cruciferous vegetables to your daily plate is like taking an anticancer pill: arugula, beet greens, bok choy,broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards,horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, red cabbage, turnip greens, or watercress.

In terms of conventional nutrients (vitamins, minerals, proteins,carbohydrates and fats), there is no other vegetable group that is as high in vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fibre as thecruciferous vegetables. As a group, the cruciferous vegetables are simply superstars in these conventional nutrient areas.Here are a few of these superstars!

Garlic: powerful and potent  medicine
The active ingredient allicin turns into organosulfurs, which are the compounds that keep your cells safe from all the destructive cellular processes that can cause major chronic diseases. Garlic is a natural antiseptic; it prevents cancer, fights infection, and prevents colds.

Research states that garlic may prevent or decrease chronic diseases associated with age, such as atherosclerosis, stroke, cancer, immune disorders, brain aging, cataracts, and arthritis.

Onions: powerful antioxidants that reduce risk of cancer
Like garlic, onions also contain allicin. Red and purple onions contain anthocyanins, the same antioxidants that make berries so robust in healing powers. In addition to being extraordinary at preventing and healing cancer, the quercetin contained in onion makesthem a safe therapy for allergies; it also helps prevent heart disease and reduce high blood pressure.

Mushrooms enhance activity of natural killer T cells
The natural killer cells attack and remove cells that are damaged or infected by a virus. Mushrooms are associated with decreasing most cancers and significantly reducing the risk of breast cancer in women. They prevent DNA damage, slow cancer or tumour growth, and prevent tumors from acquiring a blood supply.

Tomatoes prevent cancer of the prostate
Tomatoes also have high levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant thatsupports the immune system. They have high dietary fibre and taste delicious raw or cooked.

Spinach triggers immune response to keep you well Spinach prevents cancer and heart disease and is rich in the disease-fighting mineral zinc. The vitamin C helps you resist colds and infection and keeps your skin healthy; the B vitamins keep you calm and more energetic.

Asparagus encourages the body to flush out toxins
Asparagus is both cleansing and anti-inflammatory to the body. It has the antioxidant glutathione, which can lower your risk factor for heart disease and cancer.  It’s useful for all inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

Artichoke supports the liver
The substance cynarin gives artichoke its detoxifying qualities. Artichokes’ B vitamins increase mental alertness and strengthen your immunity.

Red bell pepper: a powerful immune builder
Red bell pepper’s high level of beta carotene turns into vitamin A, making it a strong defense against disease. Although green and yellow peppers are certainly healthy, they’re more superfoodish. Althoughthey both have similar amounts of vitamin C, red bell peppers have quite a bit more of the superstar beta carotene.

Sweet potatoes: far superior than white potato
The orange variety contains beta carotene, which makes them filled with robust antioxidant, antiviral, and anticancer abilities. They’re also full of fibre and the vitamin E they contain is healthy for the
skin.

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