Vegetables are one of the best sources of nutrition, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals that you can possibly want to eat. Their rich variety, ability to drastically improve our metabolism, fight against various illnesses and prevent many more made them one of the most desirable food products in the world for centuries and millennia’s. Doctors from all around the world recommend that everybody need to eat vegetables daily, because if you live without them, you are putting your health and body into serious danger.
There are two basic types of vegetables – starchy vegies like corn, potatoes and peas which contain more calories than water-rich vegetables such as cucumbers, watermelons, and tomatoes. All of them however have healthy mix of nutrients, such as wide array of vitamins (C, B, A, K and their many sub-types such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene, quercetin, and anthocyanins), riboflavin and nianin.
In addition to those nutrients, vegetables are also filled with minerals and fiber which are responsible for wide array of metabolic processes – from making our gut work better, to maintaining our blood pressure, destroying blood clots, create blood and bone cells, protect against migraines, hypertension and keeping our vision young and healthy. Some of the most important trace minerals in the vegetables are magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Non-starchy vegetables that are full of water are also very rich in fibers. If you use them, you can rely that your new healthy diet will support your weight loss and keep your metabolism balanced, hydrated and filled with optimal energy levels. This can most obviously be seen with people who suffer from hangovers – just few eaten cucumbers before sleep, and in the morning their hangover will be much milder without strong headaches. Fibres from watery veggies are very important for maintaining the health of your guts, controlling your hunger, stabilizing blood sugar, and maintain steady levels of your mood (which is great for people who are suffering from hypertension).
Eating vegetables daily can fill your needs for minerals and nutrients, and just few veggies per day can keep your metabolism not only healthy and operational, but also make it ready to fight future illnesses that can range from resisting simple cold to the lowering risk of dangerous cancers. All vegetables are filled with powerful anti-oxidants that seek and destroy cancer cells and prepare our immune system for figure threats. Some of the veggies have such powerful antiseptic and anesthetic properties that they were grown and processed only to be used in medicine. The best example of this comes from highly useful garlic, root plant that was used for millennia’s not only as a source of strength and health, but also as a antiseptic in numerous wars, even after the discovery of penicillin! During the Second World War shortages of penicillin caused many countries to expand their production of garlic, and use it as a primary antiseptic remedy for wounded soldiers. This was especially present in Soviet Union, where millions upon millions of wounded get to know garlic as “Russian penicillin”.