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Health Benefits of Rutabagas

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Although each nation has its own name for it, the prevalent North American name is "rutabaga" for the vegetable that's on our plate today.

Rutabagas may be boiled, roasted, baked, or used as a flavoring agent in a variety of ways. Rutabaga is used to bulk out soups and stews in many Asian cuisines. Rutabaga has cyanoglucoside, which converts to thiocyanate, which protects the human body against thyroid disorders.

The prevalence of glucosinolates in rutabaga accounts for its spicy, even bitter taste. Rutabaga is a biochemical, phytonutrient, and antioxidant treasure trove.

Rutabagas are bigger and have a higher nutritional density than turnips. Rutabaga skin is purple-yellow, and its flesh is cream colored. Rutabagas may be cooked in the same way as mashed potatoes.

Helps in Prevention of Cancer

Free radicals may harm the cell's DNA and alter the body's metabolism, leading to cancer. Nature's response to these cancer-causing elements is antioxidants. Antioxidant-rich foods provide the protective barrier that a body needs to fight against oxidative damage. Rutabaga has anti-cancer effects because it has sulfur-based substances such as glucosinolates. Myrosinase, a naturally occurring enzyme, interacts with glucosinolates to produce isothiocyanates that may cause the death of a cancer cell. Vegetables of the cruciferous vegetable family, such as cabbage, broccoli, and rutabaga, have been shown to decrease the risk of prostate cancer in males.

Good for Skeletal Structure Health

Bones lose density with age and are the cause of numerous illnesses such as joint pain and arthritis. Rutabaga is a great vegetable for those prone to arthritis, joint pains, or osteoporosis since it has a good mix of calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins. For the body to execute basic tasks such as walking, the bone density and the structure of the bone should be healthy. Foods rich in Vitamin K and calcium can be included in the diet to maintain healthy bones.

Aids in Metabolism

Protein provides the building blocks for new muscles and cells. A good metabolic rate ensures that the body gets enough amino acids, nutrients, fatty acids, and protein. The body gets them from the food it consumes to maintain the regeneration process. Rutabaga has a remarkable amount of protein and may boost the body's metabolic rate. A healthy metabolism is required for proper growth, reproduction, brain development, and other functions. Rutabaga contains a variety of proteins and amino acids that the body needs to operate properly.


Aging is a challenging issue for both men and women, but finding a treatment that helps in slowing down the aging process in the body with proper nutrition is the way to go. Rutabaga is a treasure trove of anti-aging compounds, thanks to its mix of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamin C promotes collagen production in the skin, while other minerals assist the body in remaining youthful.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fairview Park, Ohio.

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