The crops of the fall season are usually not quite as exciting to most of us as those we get in the spring and summer. BUT, the health benefits of these wonderful items will take you far in helping ward off colds and other illnesses. Take a good look at how beneficial these crops are for you!
Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C to help fight off colds and helps fight high blood pressure.
Cauliflower is also rich is Vitamin C, has a powerful impact on our detoxification system and is a super source of potassium which helps keep your heart beat regular.
Cabbage has cholesterol lowering benefits when it is steamed! Savoy cabbage, in particular, has received attention in cancer prevention research.
Romaine lettuce has Vitamin C and beta carotene to make it heart healthy and it’s Folic Acid helps to protect against heart attack and stroke. Lettuces can help with INSOMNIA! The white fluid that you see when you break lettuce leaves is called lactucarium. This has relaxation and sleep inducing properties. Simply eat a few leaves or drink some lettuce juice.
Pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A for your eyesight. Even better, the National Institute of Health is seeing evidence of foods with beta carotene, like pumpkin, as playing a role in cancer prevention! Eat those seeds and help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Winter squash, like Butternut, Acorn and Spaghetti, are one of the richest sources of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotene, which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu. The winter squash also have anti-diabetic and insulin-regulating properties.
Apples lower cholesterol, keep you full, better lung function, fight colds, decrease diabetes risk, are thought to possibly help lower chances of developing Alzheimer’s thanks to levels its antioxidants – in particular acetylcholine.
Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer – the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate and you can count on kale to provide valuable cardiovascular support in terms of its cholesterol-lowering ability.
Think of Beets as red spinach. This vegetable is one of the best sources to lower your blood levels of compounds that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Beets are a two-in-one vegetable as the mineral-rich greens are also delicious. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
Turnips are a good source of potassium which is essential to healthy blood pressure. You should prepare and eat both the turnip root (the bulbous bottom part) and the greens. The bulb is high in vitamin C, while the greens are a good source of vitamins C and K, folate and calcium.