Turnips are winter seasonal herbaceous plants that belong to the Brassicaceae family and are very well known essential vegetable component of Asian, European and American cuisines. The plant as a whole is edible and very nutritious. Its different parts can well be used for different purposes, according to the needs of the culinary. While the bulbous root are consumed as pickles and possesses a hint of bitter sweetness with a mildly pungent flavor, its sprouts and leaves or known as turnip greens; with their mustard like flavor are widely used in soups, stews and salads etc. Like any other vegetables, turnips also tender plenty of health benefits,.
Some Of Which Are Mentioned Below:
Turnips are reported to be excellent agents in preventing and treating, to some extent, various cancers; especially the likes of breast and colorectal cancers etc. Being rich in antioxidants and various important phytochemicals, they aid in reducing the risk of cancer. A special mention should go to the phytochemical glucosinolates which on dissociation produces indoles and isothiocyanates which in turn, aids in toxin processing, fights against lethal carcinogens and thus, in general reduces or even inhibits the effect of cancer.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Turnip greens aid in absorbing bile and thus help in using up or reducing the level of harmful cholesterol in the body which in turn, prevents various cardiovascular problems like cardiac arrest and other related complications. In addition to that, turnips being an excellent source of folate helps to promote overall cardiovascular health.
Prevents Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Turnips being a great source of calcium and potassium, plays a vital role in maintaining bone growth and health. In addition to these, its anti-inflammatory properties owing to its rich reserve of vitamin K, together help to prevent bone joint erosion and inflammation and subsequent development of osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Protects Lung from Tobacco Damage
The rich vitamin A reserve of turnip greens helps to maintain pulmonary health and shields the lung by counteracting the ill-effects imparted by tobacco consumptions through cigarette smoking or other available modes.
Aids in Digestion
Owing to its high fiber content, the turnip greens boost the digestive system. In addition to that, it is reported that one of its component, namely glucosinolates, imparts protection to the stomach by helping it to process harmful bacteria like Helicobacter pylori.
Turnips, with their rich content of antioxidants like vitamins C, E and beta carotene, aids in preventing oxidative damage to the blood vessels which leads to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is mainly caused owing to the free radical oxidative damage of the LDL or bad cholesterols and subsequent clumping of platelets.
Facilitates Beneficial Weight Loss
Being low in fats and calories and high in dietary fiber contents, turnips can be used as an effective component of weight loss program. Through all these properties, turnips effectively regulates body weight and maintaining a healthy metabolism and proper bowel motion.
It has been reported that the anti-inflammatory properties of the turnips are very useful in combating the hypersensitive reactions. Asthma, one of the major hypersensitive or allergic reactions, can be counteracted through its high vitamin C antioxidant content, and thus, aid in curing the severe asthmatic symptoms.
Boosts the Immune System
The dietary components of turnip root play a crucial role in maintaining the body’s proper immune functioning. Apart from these, the beta-carotene contents of the turnips also aid in generating healthy membranes in the body, which forms the initial barrier of the immune system.
Promotes Eye Health
Turnip greens prevent ocular diseases like cataract formation and macular degeneration through its rich source of lutein, a kind of carotenoid which promotes eye health and improves vision.
Provides Antioxidant Protection
Being rich in antioxidant species such as vitamin-A, -C, -E, beta-carotene and other complex phytonutrients and also minerals like manganese, turnips provide the ability to the body to effectively combat the metabolic free radical by-products and thus aids in preventing extensive tissue damage and damage to the DNA of the cells.
Provides Youthful and Radiant Skin
Turnips are packed with antioxidant and nutrients like vitamin A, -C and beta-carotene and minerals like copper which are absolutely essential for maintaining healthy, bright, radiant and smooth skin.
Treats Torn Feet
Turnips are very useful for treating torn feet or ankles. Boiling around 12 whole turnips in water and then applying it topically on the cracked site of the feet for 10 minutes before going to bed and continuing it for about 3 days gives soft feet and repairs all the cracked skin.
Being rich in antioxidants, turnips fight against the free radicals present in the skin, which are generally responsible for skin aging, and neutralizes them to keep signs of aging like wrinkles, black spots and fine lines, at bay.
Promotes Hair Health
Being chock-a-blocked with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, turnips are widely regarded as very good for overall hair and color. While the high content of vitamins like vitamin-C and -E, phytochemicals like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, aids to protect hair from oxidative damage and maintains healthy hair, on the other hand, its rich source of copper, which is an important component of melanin, the hair color pigment, production it aids in enriching the color of the hair.
Being low on calories and very rich in various vitamins, phytochemicals, antioxidants and minerals, turnips provide a very nutritious edible option that not only provides the above mentioned skin, hair and overall health benefits but also heals various common illnesses like hemorrhoids, lack of appetite etc. and in addition, it also cures small kidney stones, prevents body odor and many more.