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Eating Vegetables Will Improve Your Health

Vegetables are good for you. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and an endless variety of trace nutrients that science has just begun to uncover.

In observational studies, eating vegetables is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease. All the Green-Yellow-Orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They contain many antioxidants that help protect the human body from free radicals, reduce the risk of getting diseases such as cancer & Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s), reduce the risk of heart attacks, improve blood vessel strength, promote eye, skin & bone health, help to lower cholesterol & blood pressure, act as detoxifiers and boost immunity. 

Additionally, vegetables are packed with soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) such as cellulose, mucilage, hemi-cellulose, gums & pectin. These substances absorb excess water in the colon, retain a good amount of moisture in the fecal matter, and help its smooth passage out of the body. Thus, sufficient fiber offers protection from conditions like hemorrhoids, colon cancer, chronic constipation and rectal fissures. 

I recommend that you eat a variety of vegetables each day. They are healthy, fulfilling and add variety to the diet. 

Article By Alice Ndong “M.Nutr Stellensbosch” for Neem Pharmacy