Turnips in the Fight Against Colon Cancer

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You heard it right.  Turnips play an important role in decreasing the incidence of colon cancer.

Studies show that this enduring and humble root crop contains nutrients, vitamins and minerals that not just help in the maintenance of a healthy body, but also lowers your chances of developing colon tumors.

Turnips, especially its greens, are packed with antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene.  The combination of these three powerful antioxidants greatly decreases the levels of free radicals in the body.

Research shows that people with the highest vitamin E intake are less likely to develop tumors in the colon compared to those who seldom eat food with this fat-soluble antioxidant.

Another nutrient with cancer-fighting properties is beta-carotene.  Found in high concentration in turnips, it can be converted by the body into vitamin A and with turnips’ excellent dietary fibers, can considerably lower the risk of developing not just colon cancer, but colorectal cancer and cancer of the rectum.

Glucose molaes is another cancer-fighting compound contained in this tuber.

It has been estimated by The National Cancer Institute that a third of cancer-related deaths may be caused by improper diet.

Turnips may be good for your health, but it can’t do the work alone.  Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables to effectively fight-off and decrease the risk of colon cancer.

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