During the cold winter months our bodies need a steady supply of fruits and vegetables to stay fit and healthy as well as help fight of viruses including colds and flu. Vegetables are rich sources of vitamin C and a whole host of other nutrients and minerals that help to both avoid illness and maintain good health.
Some of the very best winter vegetables include:
- Artichoke – Artichokes posses powerful antioxidant properties but there health uses don’t stop there, Studies done with artichoke leaf extract have found that they induce apoptosis (cell death) and reduce cell proliferation in many different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer.
- Kale – Just one cup of Kale contains around 10% of your daily RDA of calcium. In addition to this Kale is also a great source of many essential dietary minerals including copper, potassium, iron and manganese
- Cabbage – The health benefits of cabbage include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease
- Arugula – Arugula is one leafy vegetable that certainly stands out. It is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. Arugula contains about eight times the calcium, fives times the vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, and four times the iron as the same amount of iceberg lettuce.
- Winter squash – Winter squashes sometimes referred to as butternut squashs belong to a family of plants known as Cucurbitaceae this family also includes pumpkins. Butternut squash contains many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins.