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Putting Health into Perspective with Parsnips

By Brandi Swieter 

Parsnips are a root vegetable similar in shape and size to carrots. They have a sweeter flavor though, especially after the winter harvest. Not as many people utilize these vegetables but they really should with all the health benefits they offer. You can put health into perspective with parsnips.

The Ability to Fight Cancer

If you're looking to fight cancer, or at least prevent it from occurring, parsnips should be added to the diet. These vegetables contain vitamins and antioxidants that ward off bad cells. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that combat symptoms of disease. Many diseases cause inflammation within the body that lead to pain. A diet rich in parsnips can help prevent this.

Boosting Brain Power

Nearly 500 milligrams of potassium are found in a full cup of parsnips. This mineral helps you stay awake and alert. With better focus, you can boost your brain power. Folate found in parsnips also benefits the brain. The vitamin helps to ward off symptoms of depression. This can improve your overall mental state. 

Strengthening Bones

Bone health is impacted by vitamins and minerals such as manganese and zinc. Parsnips contains a beneficial amount of both of these nutrients. More than 500 micrograms of manganese are present along with another 500 of zinc in a cup-size serving. With the anti-inflammatory properties also found in the vegetable, pain within the joints can also be eliminated. The bones will feel stronger and pain-free. 

Preventing Heart Disease

The heart needs to remain healthy if you want to avoid heart disease, a stroke, or a heart attack. The folate found in parsnips relaxes blood vessels so the blood can flow freely. The potassium within them lowers blood pressure. The fiber reduces levels of bad cholesterol. Overall, parsnips are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that are heart-healthy. 

Losing Weight

Weight loss is a goal for many people. If losing weight is on your resolutions list, then parsnips should be added to your menu more often. One cup of the vegetable contains 100 calories. It's the perfect amount for a healthy snack that will keep you satisfied until the next meal. Due to the 7 grams of fiber also found in a cup of parsnips, you'll be feeling fuller longer. 

Your health should be your No. 1 concern. Adding parsnips to the diet is a great way to boost your health and improve your nutrition. The vegetable offers many worthwhile benefits for both your mind and body.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Meridian, Idaho.

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