It has been known for many years that vegetables make an important contribution to a healthy diet. Recently even more information has come to light on how vegetables can be beneficial in actively protecting the body against certain diseases.
The following chart shows the health benefits in our most popular vegetables:
So what do these vitamins and minerals do for us?
Vitamin A – Helps maintain healthy growth and cell development and healthy skin. Antioxidant which may promote protection against free radicals.
Vitamin B – Releases energy from proteins assisting the heart, nervous system and immune system to function. Helps with the formation of new blood cells.
Vitamin C – Helps maintain healthy gums, teeth, bones, cartilage and skin. Aids absorption of iron.
Vitamin E – Antioxidant which can help to maintain the immune system. Important for anti-aging (particularly skin).
Folic Acid – Aids cell division and also the formation of DNA, RNA and proteins. Extra amounts may be needed during pregnancy.
Antioxidant – Effective in fighting free radicals, i.e. harmful agents present in the body which may cause heart disease and cancers plus degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
Iron – Essential for maintaining healthy blood.
Potassium – Used in protein formation and blood clotting. Also helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Bioflavonoids – Enhances the action of Vitamin C and also has an antioxidant action.
Protein – Required for growth and in the maintenance and repair of muscles, hair and nails.
It has been scientifically proven that the vitamin content of vegetables begins to deteriorate as soon as harvesting takes place so the quicker the journey from “plot to plate” the better the nutrient content!