Asparagus is a storehouse of nutrients. It is rich in Vitamins A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. It also helps in breaking down the carcinogens, also known as cancer cells. Thus, helps in preventing lung, throat and breast cancer. High levels of the amino acid asparagines are present in asparagus. It increases urination which helps the body to get rid of excess salts and other toxins. Not only this, asparagus is rich in antioxidants which play an important role to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable molecules which result in heart and liver disease.
Broccoli is undeniably the king of vegetable with worst taste. Even Ed, Edd and Eddy hate it! What most people don`t know is that broccoli has many health and medicinal benefits. It is a rich fiber source and helps to lower down the cholesterol. Eating broccoli can help prevent osteoarthritis. Most people suffer from this disease in old age. It fights against the enzymes which damages the bone cartilage. It is considered beneficial for diabetic patients as it helps to make heart vessels healthy.
Brinjal is good for your whole body. Literally! The fiber present in brinjal makes you feel full without actually making you full. This prevents you from eating large amount of food. Also, it helps in effective digestion by staying inside for long and then ejecting toxins, salts along with it. Brinjal contains lots of water and minerals which are good for the skin. It keeps your skin hydrated, thus smooth. It also maintains the level of iron present in the blood. Risk of colon cancer is minimized as brinjal absorbs the toxins that lead to colon cancer.
It is green, slimy and with weird taste. This is the reason why the world hates it as well as Garfield. Less calorie, high vitamins- what more can one ask for? (Good taste wouldn`t hurt!). Besides the basic benefits of fiber food (antioxidants, fighting cancer cell etc) spinach helps in keeping the fat and cholesterol in check. Eye doctors recommend eating spinach with fat (olive oil) to protect eyes from cataract and other eye diseases. Spinach stands out from the rest of green vegetables as it has shown effective results in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Popeye became muscular after eating a can of spinach, you can too (although it will take some time!)
5) Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts are rich in minerals like manganese, iron, and potassium. Iron is responsible for the production of red blood cells. Vitamin K found in Brussels sprouts delays the neuronal damage in brain, thus preventing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Weight conscious people should include lots of sprouts in their diet as it helps in controlling weight. Presence of Vitamin A and Vitamin E helps in fighting off harmful radical.
6) Bitter Gourd
This vegetable justifies its name! It really is bitter. But then, all the medicines are. Bitter gourd is considered an excellent medicine for diabetic patients. Reports suggest that bitter gourd helps in reducing the blood sugar levels. It has low calories which is a good thing for people who want to lose weight. Bitter gourd improves the digestion process and avoids constipation. People should be careful about the quantity of bitter gourd. Excess intake might result in adverse effects.
7) Bottle Gourd
Fascinating thing about the bottle gourd is that it has 92% of water. Everyone is aware of the benefits of water. It keeps the body hydrated, eases the digestion process, makes the skin smooth and maintains the body heat temperature. Diabetic patients can include it in their diet as it contains minimal quantities of sugar.
Son- I am not eating pumpkin so that it can turn into a cart at midnight and Cinderella can ride in it!
Mom- Just eat your pumpkin and stop making stories!
Pumpkin seeds are a storehouse of all the nutrients- zinc, manganese, potassium, copper and iron. The juice from pumpkin seeds is beneficial for liver and kidneys. For insomnia patients, pumpkin is a Godsend. It has sedative properties. Presence of pectin helps in lowering the cholesterol levels. It also works as a cooling agent. Thus, it helps in treating burns, insect bites and inflammation. Pumpkin juice has moisturizing properties. It is good for scalp and also smoothen the hair.
Kale is the new green beef. It has comparatively more iron content per calorie. It is a powerhouse of Vitamins. Vitamin C helps in maintaining the levels of collagen, which is responsible for hair growth. It contains two antioxidants- carotenoids and flavonoids which are helpful in suppressing the cancer cells. Presence of high amounts of potassium lowers the risk of heart attacks. It is proven that Kale contains more calcium than milk. It helps in strengthening bones in the body.
Radish must be the most ignored vegetable in a salad plate! No matter how much salt you sprinkle on them, they never taste good. Taste should not matter in the way of health. Radish adds fiber to the diet. It helps in curing sore throats. Since it belongs to the same family as broccoli, it is a natural in fighting off cancer.
So, you might consider leaving the vegetables untouched in your plate.