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The Benefits of the Common Vegetables

Updated on June 21, 2012

Why eat vegetables everyday? Vegetables are low in calories and the good news is that we won't gain weight if we overeat! Like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables also contain high amounts of water and fiber. Here's a list of the benefits of the common vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn: Sweet corn contains high levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Thiamine is an essential nutrient for brain cell and cognitive function. It also protects our visions. Sweet corn has antioxidant zeaxanthin, it is effective against age-related eye disease. In addition, sweet corn is an excellent source of folate or vitamin B9. Folate reduces the risk of heart attack by as much as 10 percent!
  • Tomato: There is a fair amount of Vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes. These strengthen the bones. Vitamin A in tomatoes keeps our hair strong and shiny, and excellent to improve our vision. Various studies have shown that tomatoes contain lycopene. Lycopene is great for skin care, it lessens the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Don't forget that tomatoes have plenty of mineral chromium, which helps diabetics to keep blood sugar level under control.
  • Carrot: Have you ever heard that eating carrot is good for our vision? Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a substance that will convert into Vitamin A in the liver. Our retina needs plenty of vitamin A to function. Carrots also prevent both cancer and heart disease. The vitamin A can also nourish the skin, prevent dry skin and other skin blemishes.
  • Onion: Onion prevents tooth decay and oral infections. Onions have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that relief upset stomach. Try to chew raw onions for 2 to 3 minutes to kill germs present in the mouth area. Onion is also good to treat cough. Mix onion juice and honey to relieve coughs.
  • Spinach: Spinach is an excellent promoter of cardiovascular health. Spinach
    protects brain function from premature aging and slow old age's typical negative effects on the mental capabilities. The high amount of vitamin A in spinach promotes healthy skin, and fights acne and wrinkles.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli regulate blood pressure because of high amount of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It contains vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. The vitamin B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. Furthermore, broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.
  • Lettuce: Lettuce has been associated with reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and cataracts because of beta-carotene. Lettuce is pretty low in calories.


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