Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Carrot, Pumkin, Sweet Potato can Fight Aging!

Vegetables, like fruits , provide a lot of goodness and have excellent anti-aging properties. Given below are the virtues of a few vegetables which provide the right kind of nutrition that keeps you fit and young.

The carrot is like Superman fighting away the evil effects of cholesterol! Basically carrot contains Alpha carotene, Beta carotene, nitrogenous composites, gluthathione, carbohydrates and phytochemicals. Carrots are also rich in potassium, calcium and vitamins A, E, C and Bi & B2. Other minerals found in carrots are magnesium, copper, iron, sulphur, phosphorus and manganese!

A powerhouse of nutrients, carrot is instrumental in reducing cholesterol levels besides providing excellent nutrition for eyes and skin. Both are safeguarded to a great extent from age-related problems with regular consumption of this vegetable.

With a high level of Vitamin A nutrient, carrot provides the necessary fiber for digestion, besides doing great things for the immune system. Beta carotene is a great anti-aging substance that is a good antioxidant and an essential factor, possibly responsible for reducing the risk of lung cancer.

Health Tip: Carrot is more nutritious when cooked rather than when consumed raw.

Sweet Potato
The humble sweet potato is rich in nutrients and has in it naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, minerals (iron, potassium and calcium) and Vitamins (A, B6, C, and E). The iron enables maintaining good hemoglobin levels in the blood and calcium ensures preserving bone density. The complex carbohydrates provides energy for hard physical labour

Did you know that sweet potatoes are almost fat free? Most Vitamin E sources like vegetable oils or fruits like avocado supply the nutrient along with a good dose of fat. Sweet potato is one rare vegetable that can supply Vitamin E to your body without adding on the fat content!

The fiber content in this vegetable decreases
  • Risk of rectal cancer
  • Risk of colon cancer
  • Diverticulosis (small bulging sacs of tissue that create pressure within the colon)
  • Complaints of constipation.
This vegetable supplies Vitamin A for that healthy glowing skin and sparkling eyes, Vitamin C helps keep your skin looking good while strengtheneing the immune system.  The rich supplement of Vitamin E keeps your heart young and trouble free. The minerals present in this ubiquitous vegetable are niacin, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and selenium. The fiber content in pumpkin is packed with essential nutrients.


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