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Turnip comes from the family of cruciferae and its botanical name is Brassica rapa which makes it a cousin to kale, cabbage, collards, and broccoli. Turnip greens are its small and tender leaves which are very tasty and have a slightly bitter flavor.

Health Benefits

Turnip leaves are abundant in numerous nutrients and they are very efficient in preventing and healing numerous conditions. Turnip greens are a remarkable source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin A, calcium, folate, dietary fiber and copper. They are very beneficial for those who suffer from colorectal cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis. Turnip greens are a very helpful addition to the diets of those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis because they are abundant in beta-carotene.

Vitamin A maintains the proper functioning of the immune system while vitamin E and vitamin C fight the free radicals and fix the damage they cause. Turnip is an excellent source of calcium which makes it very efficient in preventing and healing osteoporosis. Turnip greens are rich in copper so that is why they enhance the production of connective tissues. All the aforementioned ingredients of turnip greens have very potent antioxidant properties and they fight the free radicals and reduce the risk of colon tumors. Turnip greens are abundant in vitamins which significantly decrease the risk of rectal and colon cancer.

Calcium and dietary fiber are also very important factors in protection against potential colorectal cancer. The antioxidant nutrients from the turnip greens minimize the clumping of the platelet and lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood which is very important for the prevention of atherosclerosis. The nutrients prevent the oxidation of certain harmful substances and lower the levels of homocysteine which is responsible for the damage of the blood vessel walls.

Turnip greens are also very beneficial for the health of the lungs as they efficiently prevent and heal emphysema and lung inflammation. Foods rich in vitamin A like turnip greens are very beneficial and should be included in the diet of every smoker and those who are excessively exposed to cigarette smoke. Turnip greens significantly reduce the decline of mental performance that usually occurs with the process of aging. Green leafy vegetables are commonly associated with the cognitive decline, while it may come as a surprise that the consumption of fruit does not affect the decline at all. Vegetables contain more vitamin E and they are usually consumed with fat which increases the human body’s ability to absorb vitamin E.

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