The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about eating healthy is abandoning starchy and carbohydrate dense foods and switching to foods that contain protein and fibre, while including fruits and more vegetables to our diet.
The fuss on the importance of vegetables has so informed the cooking of many health-conscious individuals that there is hardly any meal without the presence of vegetables. To some, serving meals with vegetables arouses some sort of fulfillment. But, are we fully informed of the health benefits of eating vegetable?
If asked of the benefits of eating vegetables, we will most likely say, they contain nutrients, have no cholesterol and help boosts the body’s immunity, but that isn’t all. Vegetables offer a lot more to the body than we often talk about.
After a research on the healing properties of vegetable, laboratory scientist, Olga Azarenko had this to say about vegetables, as quoted by Dr. Mecola;
“Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower. These vegetables contain compounds called isothiocyanates, which we believe to be responsible for the cancer-preventive and anti-carcinogenic activities in these vegetables.”
Different researches have shown the role vegetables play in fighting life-threatening disease such as certain types of cancer, stroke, heart attack and diabetes. One of the very interesting elements of vegetables is fibre. Research shows that a daily extra serving of green leafy vegetables can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes and this is due to the presence of fibre.
Fibre in vegetables nourishes beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn improves
Bowel movement and prevents constipation. Studies show that fibre also possesses appetite-suppressant qualities that may make you feel full and easily satisfied.
Your skin isn’t left out from the wonders of vegetables. If you are working towards anti-ageing and a glowing and skin, you should take at least 3 extra servings of fruits daily. The phytochemical content in fruits produce an awesome glow to the skin. Research shows that the carotenoids in vegetables also improve the skin’s health, causing it to glow.
Did you know you could improve your psychological wellbeing and mood with the regular intake of vegetables? Fruits and vegetables are integral sources of nutrient that help balance a person’s mood and improve the mental ability.
Broccoli is a well-known vegetable that is fortified with a high level of folic acid and as such, contributes greatly to the performance of the body, mood moderation, growth of cells as well as the production of healthy red blood cells. Experts say that fruits and vegetable that contain a good amount of folic acid can help boost serotin and improve a person’s mood. Serotin is a neurotransmitter manufactured by the brain and is known to affect appetite, digestion, mood, sexual function and desire, sleep, memory and mood.
Are these reasons not enough to get you to take that extra serving of vegetables? The benefits are endless. So, when next you eat vegetables, especially green vegetables, you should take them with the fulfillment that your body system will be pleased to have them in.
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