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Eat Your Vegetables Day - The 6 Best Vegetables For Optimal Health

10.06.2014

Everyone knows vegetables are an important aspect of your diet, containing loads of important nutrients and fibre.

By consuming your recommended daily amount of vegetables, you are giving your body fantastic fuel to thrive on and also the strength to fight off not just bugs and virus’: but cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

What follows are the 6 best vegetables that equip you with best disease-fighting potential and general day-to-day wellness.

 

 

Broccoli   

High in antioxidants, reducing your risk of stomach, lung and rectal cancer.

Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate, boosting your immunity to coughs and colds.

 

Brussels sprouts   

Within ½ cup of brussel sprouts you are consuming 80% of your daily vitamin D – reducing your risk of heart disease and keeping cataracts at bay. Brussels contain large amounts anti-carcinogenic compounds - specifically a compound named sinigrin, causing cancer cells to self-destruct!

 

Squash   

Contains high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium and fibre – fantastic for your muscles, heart and digestive system. It also aids in stabilising many illnesses such as asthma and arthritis.

 

Aubergine   

Packed full with heart healthy nutrients and antioxidants such as nasunin (a compound that protects brain cells from damage). Researchers believe they may reduce risk of stroke and dementia.

 

Spinach   

Contains almost every vitamin and nutrient you need! Scientists found that it may be able to prevent illness such as heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis – to name a few. Great for your muscles, heart, digestive system and eyesight.

 

Kale   

Contains vitamin K, C and D, lutein and omega-3, which means it’s great for your blood, eyes, immune system, heart, skin; the prevention of depression and inflammation, need we go on? Dr Ramsey says that the kaemferol in kale literally can turn on the genes the promote longer life.

 

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