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Benefits of Parsnips And Its Side Effects

Parsnip contains a number of essential vitamins and minerals which have quite a few beneficial effects on our health. Parnips are rich in potassium which help to keep the heart in good shape. The dietary fibers in this vegetable help to improve digestion and prevent ailments related to digestion. The soluble fibers help to lose weight while folate helps to prevent birth defects during birth. Vitamin C and E help to strengthen your immune system. In addition, consumption of parsnip also helps to make your bones stronger, lowers the chances of developing diabetes, helps to reduce cholesterol and prevents the onset of depression.

Benefits of Parsnips And Its Side Effects

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Parsnips
Nutritional Value of Parsnips
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Parsnips
Good for your heart
Rich in dietary fiber
Prevents birth defects
Strengthens immunity
Helps prevent cancer
Helps to lose weight
Prevents anemia
Good for your bones and teeth
Uses of Parsnips
Side-Effects & Allergies of Parsnips
Cultivation of Parsnips

Parsnips

Parsnip or Pastinaca sativa is a biennial plant belonging to the Apaiaceae family. It resembles a carrot so much that many may confuse the two. However, the skin and flesh of parsnip are white to cream-coloured while the carrot’s skin is orange in colour. This vegetable has a nutty, sweet taste. Apples, orange zest and spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg can amplify the sweetness of this vegetable. They can be eaten raw or can be cooked and utilized in a number of ways.

Nutritional Value of Parsnips

Parsnip is a very versatile vegetable with a wide range of health benefits due to the presence of a number of nutrients and vitamins. It contains minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron. It is rich in folate and also has vitamins like Vitamin B, C, E and K which are very beneficial for our health.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

75 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
10mg Sodium
375 mg Potassium
18 g Total Carbohydrate
1.2 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

0.03 Calcium
28 % Vitamin C
3 % Iron
5 % Vitamin B-6
7 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Parsnips

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Parsnips
Health Benefits of Parsnips

Good for your heart

Parsnip has potassium which acts as a vasodilator. It thus helps to reduce blood pressure by preventing the arteries and veins from tightening and reduces pressure on your heart. Parsnip also contains folate which helps to lessen the homocysteine levels in our blood and thus protects your heart. Excess homocysteine in the blood can cause various ailments of the heart.

Rich in dietary fiber

Parsnips are rich in soluble fiber that helps to reduce cholesterol levels and also lowers the chances of developing diabetes. Dietary fiber also helps to add bulk to the stool and thus facilitates the smooth movement of bowel through the digestive system. This helps to prevent constipation and gastrointestinal disorders.

Prevents birth defects

Parsnips are rich in folate that helps to reduce the occurrences of neural tube defects in newborn babies. Folate also helps to fight depression and is especially useful for preventing postpartum depression in mothers who have given birth recently.

Strengthens immunity

Parsnips are rich in anti-oxidants and other organic compounds which protect us from various diseases. Foremost among these are Vitamin C and Vitamin E which neutralize the disease causing free radicals and prevent them from causing any harm. Vitamin C also helps to stimulate the production of white blood cells which are our body’s primary line of defense. White blood cells help the formation of one of the basic building blocks of our body, collagen.

Helps prevent cancer

It has recently come to light that parsnips have anti-inflammatory capabilities. Parsnips contain an active ingredient called falcarindiol that can trace and destroy cancer cells in the colon. Thus incorporating this vegetable in your diet will help to reduce the chances of developing colon cancer.

Helps to lose weight

Parsnips, when consumed, makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time as they are rich in soluble fiber. This helps to reduce your intake of food and helps to maintain your weight. The fiber also inhibits the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin.

Prevents anemia

Consumption of parsnips can help prevent anemia as they are rich in iron and Vitamins C and B9. These are essential for production of blood and for preventing anemia.

Good for your bones and teeth

You can include parsnips in your diet if you want your bones and teeth to be healthy and strong. This is because this vegetable is not only rich in calcium but also contains magnesium which helps in the proper absorption of calcium.

Uses of Parsnips

Parsnips can be eaten raw but the cooked vegetable is an integral part of the cuisine of various cultures of the world. They can be baked, roasted, boiled, fried or pureed. It gives a rich flavor when it is used in soups and stews. Parsnips were also used as an aphrodisiac and also used in herbal medicine. Parsnip tea acts as an excellent diuretic and helps to cleanse our body by stimulating the production of urine.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Parsnips

Some sensitive people may experience oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and contact dermatitis after they consume parsnip. Rashes or burning sensation in the lips, mouth and throat are some of the symptoms of OAS. Thus it is advisable for people with a history of allergies to consult a doctor before incorporating this vegetable into their diet.

Cultivation of Parsnips

Parsnips have a long history but edible parsnips were actually the result of continuous cultivation. Besides being used as a staple food, this vegetable was also used as a natural sweetener for breads, cakes and jams. This vegetable is believed to have originated in the East Mediterranean and it later spread to different parts of the world. The early settlers and colonists might have introduced this vegetable to America.

Parsnips are generally planted before the winter season as it produces its unique sweet flavor in the cold months. This plant requires a long growing season and so the seeds have to be sown as soon as the soil is workable. It requires exposure to the sun and grows best in loamy or sandy soil. Slightly acidic to neutral soil is ideal for the plant.

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Sir recently I did a hemogram test in which lymphocytes is 55 required is (85-100). Please advice what to do next.

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Your immune system and white blood cells work together to fight infections. You can naturally increase your white blood cell count, which in turn improves your overall immune system. Foods that stimulate growth of lymphocytes are - 1. Vitamin E - It’s one of the most important antioxidant and immune boosters around. Vitamin E naturally stimulates the production of what are known as “killer cells.” These are cells that seek out and kill off germs and cancer cells 2. Zinc - This mineral is vital for the production of white blood cells that fight infection. Zinc also helps them fight much more aggressively. Zinc increases the number of killer cells and allows white blood cells to release more antibodies in their fight against infections. 3. Green Tea - Green tea is absolutely packed full of antioxidants ,that makes it a great detox tea as well. It supports the immune system and helps your body fight infection. 4. Vitamin C - Vitamin C improves your immune system by increasing your body’s production of white blood cells and antibodies that fight viruses and bacteria 5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, along with flax oil, improve your immune system by increasing something called phagocytes. These are white blood cells that literally eat up bacteria 6. Vitamin A and carotenoids - Increasing your daily intake of vitamin A will increase the number of lymphocyte white blood cells in your body. These cells attack and kill foreign invaders as well as cancer cells. 7. Yogurt - Over and over studies show that persons who consumed probiotics, such as the kind in yogurt, had stronger immune systems than those who did not. Probiotics appear to improve and boost your white blood cell count 8. Garlic- Garlic promotes the ability of white blood cells to fight off the bad guys and stimulates other immune cells into action. Garlic is also an antioxidant that cuts down on the build-up of free radicals in the blood. If above things doesn't help, then contact us for homeopathic treatment.

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General Physician, Ghaziabad
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What is the reason that my rate of haemoglobin are stable at 7.4 and not increasing?

Homeopathy, BHMS, Msc dietitics & food service management, PG DHA
Homeopath, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user, In India mostly females are anemic due to poor diet. However anemia can be due to more causes. It might be vit. B 12 deficiency, iron deficiency or any chroNic disease. You need to consult your nearest doctor to see the reason in your case. Do let me know then.

Doctor mere w.b.c cells high aaye the test me w.b.c cells ka sperm cell se koi concern he mujhe ye laga he ki w.b.c cells high matlb sperm cell high he mere? Please advice

Homeopathy, BHMS, Msc dietitics & food service management, PG DHA
Homeopath, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user, WBC has no direct connection with sperm count. WBC rises if you have any infection. If have any problem. Consult doctor. Or share problem at this portal.

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5. Phytolacca - Phytolacca is used when malignant tumors occur in fat based tissues. They are also used in treating fibroids tumors in the uterus and hard tumors in the breast.

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Table of Content

Parsnips
Nutritional Value of Parsnips
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Parsnips
Good for your heart
Rich in dietary fiber
Prevents birth defects
Strengthens immunity
Helps prevent cancer
Helps to lose weight
Prevents anemia
Good for your bones and teeth
Uses of Parsnips
Side-Effects & Allergies of Parsnips
Cultivation of Parsnips