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Benefits of Turnips And Its Side Effects

Consumption of turnips help to regulate metabolism, improve blood circulation and digestion and also helps to reduce inflammation. They also help to strengthen your bones, protect your cardiovascular health, prevent certain types of cancer and even strengthen your immune system.

Benefits of Turnips And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Turnips
Nutritional Value of Turnips
Health Benefits of Turnips
Good for your heart
Helps in digestion
Helps to fight cancer
Helps fight inflammation
Good for your bones
Improves metabolism
Good for your lungs and also treats common ailments
Strengthens body immunity
Helps to lose weight
Prevents body odour and is also good for the eyes
Uses of Turnips
Side-Effects & Allergies of Turnips
Cultivation of Turnips

Turnips

Turnip is a round, apple-sized root vegetable belonging to the Brassicaceae family. When the plant is exposed to sunlight, a light purple blush appears around the top. The sprouts and leaves of this vegetable are edible and are widely used in European, Asian and Eastern American cuisines. The inner flesh of turnip is white with purplish, reddish or pinkish tinges and the vegetable is generally conical in shape. The greens of this vegetable are used in soups and stews while its bulbous roots are often diced or chopped and pickled. They are commonly grown in temperate regions all over the world and are used for their ample nutritional benefits.

Nutritional Value of Turnips

Turnips contain a number of essential nutrients that help our body to function properly and even protect us from the harmful effects of different harmful microbes. They are a low-calorie vegetable but contain ample quantities of minerals, anti-oxidants and dietary fiber. They contain anti-oxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenoids, xanthin and lutein. The leaves of this plant are rich in Vitamin K and omega-3 acids like alpha linolenic acid. This vegetable also contains B complex vitamins, minerals like copper, iron, calcium and manganese and a number of phytonutrients.

Health Benefits of Turnips

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

Good for your heart

Tomatoes contain potassium which is a vasodilator. Potassium acts to reduce strains on blood vessels and arteries by lowering blood pressure. This helps to prevent problems like atherosclerosis and also reduces the risks of heart attacks and strokes. This vegetable also contains dietary fiber which removes excess cholesterol from the heart and eliminates it and thus keeps your heart in good shape.

Helps in digestion

Tomatoes contain high content of dietary fiber which add bulk to stool and facilitates its easy movement through our digestive system. Stool is thus eliminated in a hassle free manner and this eliminates various digestion-related problems like constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramping as well as other gastric issues.

Helps to fight cancer

Turnips contain a number of anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese and beta-carotene all of which help to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals in our body. Turnip, being a cruciferous vegetable, contains the sulforaphane compound that has anti-cancer properties. Incorporating turnip into your diet can help to prevent different forms of cancer like melanoma and esophageal, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

Helps fight inflammation

Leaves of turnip are beneficial for people suffering from gout, arthritis or chronic pain. This is because turnip leaves contain omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin K which help to lower inflammation and lowers cholesterol levels. By helping to reduce pressure and inflammation in the colon, turnips help to reduce the chances of flare-up of diverticulitis.

Good for your bones

The presence of calcium and potassium ensures that consuming turnips will keep your bones healthy. Turnips are rich in calcium which supports the body’s production of connective tissues. Thus incorporating turnips in your diet helps to reduce joint damage and even prevents osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Improves metabolism

Turnips contain vitamin B complex which helps to regulate the hormonal and enzymatic processes of our body and makes sure that our body functions properly. Proper functioning of our organs is necessary for us to survive and lead a healthy life. Proper metabolism ensures that our body is able to absorb and utilize all the nutrients that it gets from food.

Good for your lungs and also treats common ailments

Turnips help to overcome the deficiency of Vitamin A in smokers which are caused by the carcinogens of cigarettes. Thus it helps prevent serious conditions like lung inflammation, emphysema and other lung problems. Again, regular consumption of turnip helps to prevent common ailments like lack of hunger and hemorrhoids.

Strengthens body immunity

Turnips have Vitamin C and ascorbic acid which are powerful anti-oxidants and protect the body against the harmful effects of foreign microbes. Vitamin C also stimulates the formation of white blood cells, which is our body’s primary line of defense.

Helps to lose weight

Turnips have high content of dietary fiber that helps to regulate bowel movements and facilitates the absorption of nutrients by our body. It makes us feel fuller and prevents us from overeating and thereby aids in weight loss.

Prevents body odour and is also good for the eyes

Drinking turnip juice helps to prevent body odour. Turnips also help to keep your eyes healthy due to the presence of lutein. This carotenoid helps to prevent ocular diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.

Uses of Turnips

Turnips contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and copper that helps to keep your skin in good health. It helps to keep your skin healthy and radiant and also has anti-aging effects. This vegetable also helps to make your hair healthy and strong. Turnips can be cooked in a variety of ways and is good to add to soups, salads and other recipes.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Turnips

If you are suffering from thyroid disorders, it is best to avoid eating turnips as this vegetable contains certain compounds that may affect the thyroid gland and interfere in the functioning of the hormone. If you are on nitrate drugs, it is again advisable to abstain from consuming this vegetable as it contains high content of nitrate.

Cultivation of Turnips

Turnips have been used by early Europeans and settlers about 4000 years ago. Yet surprisingly, this vegetable was used by Romans to throw at unpopular people. This was maybe due to the fact that this vegetable was the primary food of poor people in ancient Greece and Rome. From Europe, turnips were introduced to America by the new settlers and the early European colonists. With time, several varieties of turnips have been developed and they are often used for a variety of purposes.

Turnips are cool weather vegetables and they can be grown both in autumn and in spring. However they can also grow in moderate summer temperatures. It requires a temperature range of 10-16 degrees centigrade for its optimum growth. Short day lengths and cool climate are essential for the plant to grow properly. Although turnips can be cultivated on wide range of soils, it grows best in well-drained sandy loamy soil which is high in humus content. Turnips plants are propagated through seeds.

Popular Questions & Answers

My granddaughter has got tests done for thyroid. The results show T3 total =1.19 T4 Total =6.00 TSH =8.25 (higher than the reference) All other blood tests are normal she is 19+ (years) has added about 10 kg in one year.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi, Good Foods For Hypothyroidism Foods that are rich in iodine are highly recommended in the struggle to ward off hypothyroidism. Below is a categorized list of good food sources. Iodine-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Iodized Salt •Seaweeds and Seafoods •Salt Water Fish •Sushi •Nori Rolls •Celtic Sea Salt Selenium-Rich Foods For Hypothyroidism •Meat •Chicken •Salmon •Tuna •Whole Unrefined Grains •Brazil Nuts •Dairy Products •Garlic •Onions Iodine For Hypothyroidism The thyroid gland needs iodine, therefore if you have an underactive thyroid gland you should increase the iodine intake in your diet. A well-balanced diet that includes iodine can help in alleviating the symptoms that you encounter with your condition. With the simplest intake of the foods mentioned above, you can greatly assist your thyroid in keeping up with your body's metabolism. Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism These foods must be avoided in order to prevent recurrence of hypothyroidism symptoms. Avoiding them will also prevent aggravating the already aggravated thyroid glands. Here is a list of foods to be avoided: •Cassava •Linseed •Kohlrabi •Peanuts •Kale •Turnips •Mustard Greens •Mustard •Millet •Cauliflower •Rutabagas •Peaches •Coffee •Spinach Goitrogenic Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism The food items listed below can impede your body's ability to absorb iodine. And when your body can't absorb iodine, your thyroid gland will swell and you will eventually develop goiter. Some of the food listed above can also be goitrogenic. P.T.O •Bamboo shoots •Soybeans and related products •Canola Oil •Horseradish •Bok Choy •Foods with Gluten •Garden Kres •Tempeh •Babassu •Sweet Potato Goitrogenic Chemicals These chemicals, when ingested through processed food or medications can cause goiter: •Amiodarone •Lithium •Oxazolidines •Iopanoic acid •Minocycline (MN) •Propylthiouracil •Thioureylene •Sulfadimethoxine •Carbamazepine •Phenobarbitone as per Lybrate policy you have to paid consultation for prescription or visit clinic (1).
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I am 18 years old girl and I want to increase my height. What should I do? Please send me diet plane and excrise and yoga tips.

MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Hi, Consume a balanced diet, Exercise throughout the teen years and in puberty, Get adequate sleep each night you can eat Eggs. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, eggs will improve your growth overall. Milk. Drink two glasses of milk every day, Yogurt (Can yogurt make you grow taller, Turnips (It is one of the most effective foods to grow taller, Peanuts,beans, peas,Spinach, Oatmeal,yogas to increase your height Surya Namaskaras (Sun Salutation) Sukhasana (Pleasant Pose) Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) Marjariasana (Cat Pose) Tadasana (Mountain Pose) Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) and you need to very patience and regular through out time of 8-10 months to see difference in your height.
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Can thyroid problem b completely cured n what should n avoided by thyroid patient?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Hypothyoridism can only be controlled by regular medication. There is NO CURE. Treatment has to be for life time. Avoid soy beans, soy containing products and use whole grain flour for chapati and roti. Consume more of green leafy vegetables and fruits. Exercise regularly to avoid weigh gain. Thanks.
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I am 16 years old boy. Can you suggest me a diet to increase my height and weight and some tips to gain height?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
You have to eat high protein and calorie diet List Of 8 Foods To Grow Eggs. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, eggs will improve your growth overall. Milk. Drink two glasses of milk every day. ... Yogurt. Can yogurt make you grow taller? ... Turnips. It is one of the most effective foods to grow taller. ... Rhubarb. ... Peanuts, beans and peas. ... Spinach. ... Oatmeal.
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Hello this is neelima my daughter is sixteen years old her weight is 36 and height is 4.11" inches can you please suggest to increase her weight and height.

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
She should take high protein foods like all milk and milk products, eggs, pulses, sprouts, nuts etc
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Popular Health Tips

How To Get Healthy Skin?

BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
How To Get Healthy Skin?

Skin is reflection of your overall health, so take care of it.

Tip 1: Minimal makeup
Ladies, can you please minimize makeup usage? It is really not necessary to always use a blush, concealer, foundation, mousse or whatever it is. It may add a fine coating to your skin making it glowing skin, but what about your real skin? Is it really glowing? No matter how expensive the brand is, it damages your skin to a large extent. We are not asking you to throw them off your shelf; keep those away for special days. The rest of the days, tone and moisturize your skin, use sunscreen. Let your skin breathe.

Tip 2: Face cleansing
This has been told by all beauty experts umpteen times when asked how to maintain healthy skin. Even if you are too tired after a long party, cleanse all dirt and makeup from your skin. Your face needs to be cleared of all the chemicals in makeup. The makeup acts as a tight mask on your face keeping your facial pores clogged. If you go to bed with all these makeup on, you’ll wake up the next morning with a huge embarrassing pimple.

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must for your skin. The rays of the sun are harmful beyond thoughts. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin rashes all of these are caused when your skin gets too much exposure to the sun without any protection.
Use a big dollop of sunscreen with SPF on your face whenever you are going out to protect your skin of all the anomalies caused to your skin by the harmful sun rays. Do not care for the season or whether the sun is out today or it’s cloudy. Use sunscreen always. Beauty experts also advise using sunscreens even if you are at home or inside a car or even if you on a flight. Celebs swear by SPF measured sunscreen to keep skin healthy and free from any diseases or ugly tanning.

Tip 4: Exfoliating face
All the healthy skin tips for women say that you should exfoliate your face at least twice a week. Scrubbing your face will rid your facial skin of all the dead cells that might have clogged your pored leading to acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. Scrubbing your face will also improve your complexion, adds a glow to your skin and also clears your skin of all toxins. Don’t keep your skin scrubbing daily, it will make your skin look even drier.

Tip 5: Moisturize
Yes, other than keeping yourself internally hydrated, also use a good moisturizer to feed your skin. Moisturizers do not add a great deal of moisture by themselves but they lock in the present moisture and are hence essential to keep your skin hydrated. After a bath, make it a routine to moisturize your face daily to keep it hydrated. Before bedtime, place a towel soaked in warm water on your face and keep for some time. This way the pores of your face will open allowing the moisturizer to soak into your skin.

Tip 6: Eat proper food to get healthy skin
Food provides life to your skin. Everything you eat in your everyday life contributes to a healthy skin. Only that you have to cut out on some and add some more.

a. Vitamin C rich foods:
Have fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C manufactures collagen that is responsible for the firmness of your skin. So you quite well understand that lack of vitamin C in your diet will lead to the formation of wrinkles at an early age. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that prevents collagen damage. With Vitamin C rich foods in your diet, your skin will not suffer from dryness, wrinkles and fine lines around eyes or lips. Have all citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and red peppers to tone up the younger look skin.

b. Vitamin A:
Who doesn’t want a smooth complexion? We all do, but for that we don’t need to spend thousands of bucks when we have the solution in our refrigerator. All red, orange and green leafy veggies are rich sources of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A). It is necessary for cell formation and therefore your skin surface stays smooth and touchable. Carotenoids also protect skin from sun. Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash all of these are rich sources of Vit A.

c. Healthy fats:
Nuts are fatty and are not good for health; that is a misconception. Of course nuts are fatty, but they are filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This falls under that healthy category of fats that is essential for us. Have a handful of almonds and walnuts daily for a supple looking clear skin. Flax seeds are another good option to consume omega-3 fats. If you are a non-vegetarian, have salmon atleast twice a week. This fish is also rich in omega-3 fats.
The oil you cook your food in should also be taken care of. Switch over to olive oil which is a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats. It will bring a radiant glow to your skin.

d. Tomatoes:
Tomatoes doesn’t need a very special mention when it comes to healthy facial skin. They contain a magical ingredient called lypocene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight old age. It can keep your skin at bay from all old age signs like wrinkles, dark spots and patches or saggy skin.

e. Zinc and iron:
Eggs, lean meat, oysters and cereals supply a good mount of zinc and iron to your body that imparts that much wanted celeb like glow. Zinc helps in cell production and natural weariness of dead cells giving your face a fresh look. Iron is needed to carry oxygen through the body that gives a blushy glow to your face.

f. Fibers:
If you are the one suffering from acne often, its time you think of including fiber-rich foods in your diet. One of the reasons for acne breakouts is indigestion. And the best solution discovered so far to improve your digestive system is having foods rich in fiber. Having whole-grain breads, brown rice, apples, bananas, oatmeal are proved solution to minimize acne.

g. Water:
Drink enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Do not allow your skin to feel thirsty. For a soft, supple and dewy look, water is a must. Follow this diet regime for a healthy skin and cut down on all fried and unhealthy fatty foods.

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Tips To Get Healthy Skin!

MBBS
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Tips To Get Healthy Skin!

Causes For Skin Damage:

1. Lack of hydration

2. Smoking

3. Sun damage

4. Lack of exercise

5. Bad eating habits

Feed your skin the right food and it will respond with that lovely look you want :)

How to get healthy skin:

1. Minimal makeup: Ladies, can you please minimize makeup usage? It is really not necessary to always use a blush, concealer, foundation, mousse or whatever it is. It may add a fine coating to your skin making it glowing skin, but what about your real skin? Is it really glowing? No matter how expensive the brand is, it damages your skin to a large extent. We are not asking you to throw them off your shelf; keep those away for special days. The rest of the days, tone and moisturize your skin, use sunscreen. Let your skin breathe.

2. Face cleansing: This has been told by all beauty experts umpteen times when asked how to maintain healthy skin. Even if you are too tired after a long party, cleanse all dirt and makeup from your skin. Your face needs to be cleared of all the chemicals in makeup. The makeup acts as a tight mask on your face keeping your facial pores clogged. If you go to bed with all these makeup on, you’ll wake up the next morning with a huge embarrassing pimple.

3. Slather on sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must for your skin. The rays of the sun are harmful beyond thoughts. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin rashes all of these are caused when your skin gets too much exposure to the sun without any protection.

4. Exfoliating face: All the healthy skin tips for women say that you should exfoliate your face at least twice a week. Scrubbing your face will rid your facial skin of all the dead cells that might have clogged your pored leading to acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. Scrubbing your face will also improve your complexion, adds a glow to your skin and also clears your skin of all toxins. Don’t keep your skin scrubbing daily, it will make your skin look even drier.

5. Moisturize: Yes, other than keeping yourself internally hydrated, also use a good moisturizer to feed your skin. Moisturizers do not add a great deal of moisture by themselves but they lock in the present moisture and are hence essential to keep your skin hydrated. After a bath, make it a routine to moisturize your face daily to keep it hydrated. 

6. Water: Water forms the major portion of our body. It is recommended to drink 10 - 15 glasses of water everyday to keep you healthy and free from aliments. Drink enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Do not allow your skin to feel thirsty. For a soft, supple and dewy look, water is a must. Follow this diet regime for a healthy skin and cut down on all fried and unhealthy fatty foods. Following are the benefits of water therapy : a) permanent glow b) removes toxic material and c) keeps your skin and body hydrated.

7. Eat proper food to get healthy skin: Food provides life to your skin. Everything you eat in your everyday life contributes to a healthy skin. Only that you have to cut out on some and add some more:

a. Vitamin C rich foods: Have fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C manufactures collagen that is responsible for the firmness of your skin. So you quite well understand that lack of vitamin C in your diet will lead to the formation of wrinkles at an early age. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that prevents collagen damage. High vitamin C foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.

b. Vitamin A: Who doesn’t want a smooth complexion? We all do, but for that we don’t need to spend thousands of bucks when we have the solution in our refrigerator. All red, orange and green leafy veggies are rich sources of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A). It is necessary for cell formation and therefore your skin surface stays smooth and touchable. Carotenoids also protect skin from sun. Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash all of these are rich sources of Vit A.

c. Healthy fats: Nuts are fatty and are not good for health; that is a misconception. Of course nuts are fatty, but they are filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This falls under that healthy category of fats that is essential for us. Have a handful of almonds and walnuts daily for a supple looking clear skin. Flax seeds are another good option to consume omega-3 fats. If you are a non-vegetarian, have salmon atleast twice a week. This fish is also rich in omega-3 fats.The oil you cook your food in should also be taken care of. Switch over to olive oil which is a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats.

d. Tomatoes: Tomatoes doesn’t need a very special mention when it comes to healthy facial skin. They contain a magical ingredient called lypocene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight old age. It can keep your skin at bay from all old age signs like wrinkles, dark spots and patches or saggy skin.

e. Zinc and iron: Eggs, lean meat, oysters and cereals supply a good mount of zinc and iron to your body that imparts that much wanted celeb like glow. Zinc helps in cell production and natural weariness of dead cells giving your face a fresh look. Iron is needed to carry oxygen through the body that gives a blushy glow to your face.

f. Fibers: If you are the one suffering from acne often, its time you think of including fiber-rich foods in your diet. One of the reasons for acne breakouts is indigestion. And the best solution discovered so far to improve your digestive system is having foods rich in fiber. Having whole-grain breads, brown rice, apples, bananas, oatmeal are proved solution to minimize acne.

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Can I eat cabbage or cauliflower/broccoli since I have a thyroid condition

CCMTD, CCEBDM, C.Diabetology, American Diabetes Association, DOMS, MBBS, Masters in endocrinology
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Can I eat cabbage or cauliflower/broccoli since I have a thyroid condition
Many people ask me "Can I eat cabbage or cauliflower/broccoli since I have a thyroid condition?" let me try to give the answer in scientific way.

What are goitrogens?

Goitrogens are substances that interferes with thyroid hormone production causing enlargement of thyroid. This enlargement also known as a goiter.

Different goitrogenic substances are present in various foods. 

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower contain glucosinolates, which blocks iodine uptake into the thyroid.
Luckily, these vegetables are only goitrogenic in the raw state. Cooking or lightly steaming will deactivate the glucosinolates,
Thus diminishing the goitrogenic activity. While consuming cooked cruciferous vegetables is preferred, occasionally eating small amounts of these foods in the raw states should not aggravate autoimmune thyroid conditions. 

1. Iodine deficiency induced hypothyroidism should not consume as they cause further suppression of thyroid activity

However

2. Hashimoto's (most common cause of hypothyroidism) do not have iodine deficiency, and eating such otherwise very healthy vegetables is not of particular concern.

People with sub-clinical hypothyroidism (when their thyroid is still producing its own thyroid hormone and TSH is slightly elevated) may find that eating lots of goitrogens may suppress some of their own thyroid hormone production. 

Soy and canola are two goitrogens that should be avoided in those with hashimoto's.

Canola-- should be avoided in all individuals with hashimoto's- it's highly processed and made from genetically modified crops.

Soy- is a goitrogen. It blocks the activity of the TPO enzyme (important for thyroid hormone formation) soy has been linked to the development of autoimmune thyroiditis and should be avoided by those with hashimoto's.

List of goitrogens foods
Bamboo shoots
Broccoli
Broccolini
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Collard greens
Horseradish
Kohlrabi (Ganth Gobhi)
Mustard greens (Sarso ka Saag)
Peaches
Peanuts (Moongphali)
Pears
Pine nuts (Cheedh ki Supari)
Radishes (Muli)
Spinach (Palak)
Strawberries
Sweet potato
Turnips (White beetroot- Saljam)

Therefore, although everyone is different, most people with hashimoto's should be able to eat most goitrogens, even in their raw state, (with the exception of soy and canola).

Thank you for reading it. I hope it will be helpful to you.
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Health tip : Benefits of Cauliflower

General Physician (AM)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Chandigarh
Health tip :  Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.


Adding to cauliflower’s appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower can even be seasoned and mashed for a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”

8 Top Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Because of its beneficial effects on numerous aspects of health, cauliflower can easily be described as a superfood. Ten of its most impressive benefits follow:

1. Fight Cancer

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

For instance, research has shown that combining cauliflower with curcumin (the active compound in the spice turmeric) may help prevent and treat prostate cancer.1

A study published in Carcinogenesis also found sulforaphane may reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals.2 It also inhibits the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.


Other compounds in cauliflower also show anti-cancer effects. According to the National Cancer Institute:3

“Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of cancer in several organs in rats and mice, including the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach.”

2. Boost Heart Health

Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.4 Scientists believe sulforaphane’s benefits are related to improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression, especially in the easily damaged inner lining of the arteries known as the endothelium.

3. It’s Anti-Inflammatory

You need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy. However, it’s also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.


If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to significant inflammation-related damage to the body, a condition linked to cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

Cauliflower contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.5

4. It’s Rich in Vitamins and Minerals

Most Americans are seriously lacking in nutrients their body needs to function. Eating cauliflower regularly is a simple way to get these much-needed nutrients into your body. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.

5. Boost Your Brain Health

Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. Choline intake during pregnancy “super-charged” the brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it may boost cognitive function, and improve learning and memory. It may even diminish age-related memory decline and your brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood, as well as conferring protection later in life.6

6. Detoxification Support

Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify in multiple ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. The glucosinolates in cauliflower also activate detoxification enzymes.7

7. Digestive Benefits

Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health. But that’s not all. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods:8

“Researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall.”

8. Antioxidants and Phytonutrients Galore

Eating cauliflower is like winning the antioxidant and phytonutrient lottery. It’s packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more. Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS).

As long as you have these important micronutrients, your body will be able to resist aging caused by your everyday exposure to pollutants, chronic stress, and more. If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage.

Cauliflower Is Only One Type of Cruciferous Veggie

If cauliflower isn’t your favorite vegetable, don’t worry. You can get many of these same benefits by eating other members of the cruciferous vegetable family. Broccoli is one of them, but there are others too, including:

Broccoli
Turnips
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Bok choy
Chinese cabbage
Arugula
Collard greens
Horseradish
Kale
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Mustard greens
Rutabaga
Wasabi
Daikon
Watercress
The more vegetables you eat from this list the better, as each offers unique and wonderful benefits to your health. For instance, just one cup of kale contains over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A, the equivalent of over 200% of the daily value. Cabbage, meanwhile, is rich in vitamin K1 and B vitamins, which many are deficient in, and has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers and offers benefits to digestion. Additionally:9

100 calories’ worth of cruciferous vegetables can provide you with up to 40 percent of your daily fiber requirement
Cruciferous vegetables contain protein, as much as 25 percent of the daily value in three cups
Cruciferous vegetables, especially kale and collard greens, provide high amounts of vitamin K, which may have benefits for fighting cancer and inflammation

Dr. Varinder Singh Chandhok
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SLE, Fellowship In Diabetology, Diploma In Psychology Mental Health And Illness, PLAB (MANCHESTOR, UK), FAGE, MBBS
General Physician, Bangalore
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT CAN BE CONSUMED SAFELY BY DIABETICS

Doctors often get questions from patients regarding what fruits and vegetables they can eat and in what quantity each day. Here is a list that attempts to answer this issue.

Safe fruits for People with Diabetes

1-1/4 cup cubed watermelon
1 medium (3-inch) apple
1 medium (3-inch) peach
1/2 of a large (4 1/2-inch) pear
1/2 slices pineapple
1 small (5-inch) banana or 1/2 of a 9-inch banana
17 small or 12 large grapes (any kind)
1 kiwi fruit
2 small plums
3 dried prunes
2 Tbs. Raisins (any kind)
1-1/4 cup whole strawberries
1 cup cubed melon
1 small (3-inch) orange



Safe Vegetables for People with Diabetes

Any 3-4 of the following vegetables spread over 3-4 meals per day and quantity around 50-100 grams/day depending on sugar levels
Asparagus
Green or wax beans
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Collard greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green beans
Kale
Mixed vegetables (without corn or peas)
Mushrooms
Mustard greens
Onions (all kinds)
Pea pods
Radishes
Salad greens (lettuce, romaine, spinach)
Tomatoes (fresh or canned)
Turnip greens
Turnips
1/2 cup mashed potatoes or a 3-inch baked potato
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Table of Content

Turnips
Nutritional Value of Turnips
Health Benefits of Turnips
Good for your heart
Helps in digestion
Helps to fight cancer
Helps fight inflammation
Good for your bones
Improves metabolism
Good for your lungs and also treats common ailments
Strengthens body immunity
Helps to lose weight
Prevents body odour and is also good for the eyes
Uses of Turnips
Side-Effects & Allergies of Turnips
Cultivation of Turnips