Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables such as beets, carrots, turnips, radishes and parsnips are some of the many cancer fighting vegetables out there.

Beets however contain powerful health-promoting phytochemicals called betalains. Betanin has outstanding anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying effects.  Where as falcarinol, an antioxidant found in carrots has proven to have anticancer properties intensified by the cooking process.  Additionally, consumption of carrot juice was found to increase blood levels of carotenoids in breast cancer survivors. The researchers (in the UK and Denmark) believe that increased carotenoid blood levels acts as a cancer preventive.  All though parsnips are a close relative of the carrot they do not contain falcarinol but do contain many of the other nutrition associated with it.

Turnips are a dietary source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and some copper, as well as potassium and magnesium. They are also a good source of vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Turnip greens also contain good amounts of riboflavin. Turnip greens which are often overlooked by many cooks, contain kaempferol, β-phenyl-ethyl isothiocyanate and various other isothiocyanates, and some sulforaphane, which have been reported to have anti-cancer properties. Both turnips and turnip greens have been shown to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating turnips has been found to be associated with reduced risks of esophageal, lung, gastric, bladder, colorectal and prostate cancer. Turnip green consumption has been shown reduce risks of gastric, bladder, and prostate cancer. All in all you can’t do much better than to include them in your diet.

Radishes contain Vitamin C, zinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus.  They are rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins. Making it a very effective cancer-fighting food. It is said that
Radishes have been credited with being effective in fighting oral cancer, colon cancer and intestinal cancer as well as kidney and stomach cancers.

Many people associate going organic as breaking the bank.  If you are trying to go organic and money is a concern you couldn’t do better than to purchase root vegetables as a staple in your pantry.  Not only are they great at fighting cancer growth, they are also economical.