Getting Back to your Roots

Not only are root vegetables hearty, delicious, they are very nutritious on top of that, and frankly I don’t think we eat enough and or appreciate them for all the benefits they have to offer.  Whether it be carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, etc. these vegetables can work wonders for you and yours health. Root vegetables contain many very nutritional components that we as a society don’t seem to get enough of in our daily diets. Simply just adding root vegetables to your diet can greatly benefit your health.

Vegetables such as ginger, onion, garlic, fennel, radishes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets are all incredibly beneficial to eat when it comes to getting the most out of your food. Ginger in fact can help out and even treat cases of arthritis, nausea, and even some types of heart conditions, as well as minimal things like helping to relieve or treat headaches as well as colds. Onion are great as well. Onions contain flavonoids that help in providing antibacterial benefits. Onions aren’t just beneficial for their flavonoids, they also contain nutrients that can help with increasing bone density, especially in older women, as well as anti inflammatory, and a reduced risk of being diagnosed with mouth cancers. Next is my most favorite, not only root vegetable but food in general, garlic. Garlic is well known for its many cardiovascular benefits, as well as antiviral, cancer preventive, and garlic boosting properties. Yams, or sweet potatoes are another one of my favorites. Yams come in many strange and fascinating varieties, but are one of my favorites for their health benefits.

Sweet potatoes, or yams are very rich in vitamins such as B6, and potassium as well. These delicious starchy foods are also very commonly beneficial in hormone replacement for menopausal older women. Research has also shown that yams have been used for medicinal purposes as a form of chinese herbal medicine to help keep internal organs functioning properly. Yams are seriously incredible things.

Radishes are another favorite, and another insanely important root vegetable. Radishes have in my opinion the most health benefits of any root vegetable. Radishes were held to a higher standard then most in ancient Greece, as highly valuable herbal medicine. In today’s day and age they are known to help lower cholesterol, clear urinary track infections, and increase the levels of oxygen running through your blood streams. The list goes on and on, but these are my favorites, and I hope that from this you decide to pick up and incorporate root vegetables into your diet. gfg_root-veggies-cropped

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