It is a well-known fact that vegetables have loads to offer in terms of health and nutrition. But it appears to be a much generalized statement giving every veg equal score. That certainly is not the case, for we have a vast variety of vegetables in all shapes, colors and sizes. So let’s narrow it down to five vegetables that belong to the same family, i.e. Cruciferae; these high-in-nutrition vegetables are cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale.
These are ranked as the Fantastic Five for the following nutritional benefits they have for us:
- Vitamins abundance – cruciferous vegetables are packed with vitamins A, C, K and B group. Vitamin A, as we know is good for eyesight, skin and other organs. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps fight off bacterial attacks. Vitamin K is essential for clotting of blood. Vitamin B group has its own benefits, especially for women’s health.
- Fibrous veg – All these are rich in fiber, and fiber is useful in clearing the gut and keeping the bowel movement healthy.
- Nutrients preventing cancer – there are certain nutrients that can only be obtained through consuming vegetables. These nutrients essentially help in keeping various cancers at bay. Our favorite fives are oozing with these nutrients.
- Source of calcium – cruciferous vegetables also have reserve of calcium. Added advantage is that it is present with vitamin K which is crucial in absorbing calcium. As we are moving away from dairy products we can still get calcified through these veggies.
King of fruits has begun to ripe and we are all feeling water in our mouths. Summer marks the arrival of mangoes which we all are dearly awaiting. Mangoes are outrageously popular for their taste but few realize that they are actually capable of giving us vital nutrition.
Oozing with love for mangoes, I fancy giving you some essential benefits the king of fruits offers. Have a read.
- Cancer deterrent – A number of antioxidant compounds abundant in mangoes help keep cancer threat far away. Quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid, methylgallat and several enzymes, present in mangoes, do the magic and keep us fit.
- Keeper of fresh skin – Contradictory to popular belief, the fruit keeps the skin fresh and glowing. It cleans pores and fights off pimples.
- Good for eyes – Mangoes have a good amount of Vitamin A which is the best feed for the eyes. It prevents eye diseases, especially night-blindness.
- Destroys cholesterol – Mango has high fibre, pectin and Vitamin C which deals well against the bad cholesterol.
- Increases alkalis in body – Mangoes also make us alkaline which is very helpful to maintain healthy nature of the body.
There is a lot more that the king of fruits does for us. But if you still want to enjoy it for taste, go on… the mangoes are all yours!!!
Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine , Volume 13 – Number 1
Author(s): Seyeon Park
Background: Although clinicians failed to reproduce Pauling and Cameron’s earlier reports on the therapeutic effects of vitamin C on cancer, new information on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of vitamin C as well as new clinical data has provided more in depth understanding of the critical aspects of vitamin C’s therapeutic effects. Previous clinical studies suggested that vitamin C, introduced to cancer patients by intravenous and oral pathways, might improve their symptoms. Methods: This review summarizes and focuses on different pharmacological effects of vitamin C that are currently under investigation in pharmacogenomic studies related to transporter gene polymorphism. Conclusion: From the information available, it seems clear that vitamin C is involved in a variety of disease mechanisms. This review might provide an evaluation of vitamin C as a personalized adjuvant medicine.
For details, visit: http://benthamscience.com/journals/current-pharmacogenomics-and-personalized-medicine/volume/13/issue/1/page/3/