Carrots

Antioxidant Carrot
Overview: Carrots are packed full of a variety of vitamins and minerals that improve overall health throughout the body.  Carrots act as effective antioxidents because of their high beta-carotene content.  More antioxidant properties exist in carrots due to the high potency of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, and B8, as well as biotin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Benefits: Carrots are also high in fiber, which aids in the digestive tract.  In additi...
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Spinach

Overview:  This leafy green vegetable has been a part of people’s diets for a very long time. It belongs to the family Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae, and has the scientific name of Spinacia oleracea. There are three types of spinach typically available: Savoy (crisp, creased curly leaves), smooth-leaf (flat, unwrinkled, spade-shaped leaves), and semi-savoy (similar in texture to savoy but not as crinkled). All of these variations are low in calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals, that ...
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Eggplant

Overview: This deep purple vegetables has been described to have a pleasant bitter taste with a spongy texture. The eggplant is also available in many other colors like lavender, jade green, orange, and yellow-white. Eggplants are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and important phytonutrients. Benefits: The phytonutrient, nasunin, found in the eggplant skin, has been shown to be a potent antioxidant. It gets rid of free radicals in the body and protects the cell membranes from damage. It...
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Broccoli

Overview: Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family. It is a man-made plant, created from the breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the Northern Mediterranean in the 6th century BCE. Although many claim that they do not like to eat broccoli, there is no denying that it surpasses countless of other healthy foods in health benefits. It is essential to incorporate broccoli into one’s diet. Benefits: Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body creates into the anti-cance...
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Pumpkin

Overview: For most Americans, the pumpkin has been associated with Halloween and fall desserts. Not only are pumpkins delicious, but they are also packed full with healthy vitamins and other beneficial nutrients. These nutrients and vitamins are found in the seeds as well as the pumpkin itself. Benefits: Pumpkins are plentiful in Vitamin A. This Vitamin is essential for vision, especially vision in dim light. They are also rich in carotenoids, which makes the pumpkin orange. This includes b...
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Sweet Potatoes

Overview: This naturally sweet vegetable is packed with healthy nutrients that provide a plentiful amount of health benefits. Although many group sweet potatoes with yams or potatoes, the sweet potato belongs to its own group and because of this, they show different health benefits. Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors. The skin and flesh can be anywhere from white, cream, and yellow, to orange, pink, or even deep purple. Benefits: Sweet potatoes provide a sizable amount Vitamin A, Vi...
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Reishi Mushroom

Overview: There are over 200 types of mushrooms that have medicinal benefits. A common mushroom is the reishi mushroom, also known as the lingzhi mushroom. It looks like a large brown and white flower made of wood. It is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used for medicinal purposes. Benefits: Mushrooms are the only fruit and vegetable that provides a source of Vitamin D. They are also packed with B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin B3 (niacin), which wi...
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Cornsilk

Overview: Cornsilk has been used for hundreds of years by the Native Americans as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments. Cornsilk contains high amounts of vitamin k and in combination with different herbs can be an effective treatment mechanism. Benefits: The most common medicinal use of cornsilk is for the treatment of urinary tract infections. Cornsilk is a very promising alternative to the antibiotic treatment of cornsilk because excessive use of antibiotics causes resistance a...
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Celery

Overview: Celery is a biennial plant that is part of the Apiaceae species. Celery is known for its tall leafy stalk and crunchy texture. The fruit and seeds of celery is dried and pressed into oil which is then used to treat common medicinal illnesses (WebMd). Benefits: One of the many benefits of celery is that is can help to lower blood pressure. Celery contains the natural compound phthalides. Phthalides have been found to relax the muscle around the arteries which dilates the blood ve...
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Cabbage

Overview: Cabbage has been used for its medical uses dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Cabbage is native to the Mediterranean region and is known for being an excellent diet food due to its low caloric value. Many people are aware that cabbage can help with digestive problems but may be unaware of its many other uses. Cabbage may also be referred to as Collard Greens, Green Cabbage, Kale, Purple Cabbage, Red Cabbage, and White Cabbage. Benefits: One of the many benefits of cab...
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