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The Top Ten Healthiest Vegetables.

There is no doubt that adding vegetables to your diet at any stage of life can improve your health.
Often, people being treated for diseases such as cancer are advised to increase their intake of
vegetables to help give their bodies the boost it needs. Here is a list of ten vegetables that are
great choices to add to your diet that will improve your health.

1. Collard Greens
Widely consumed in the Southern US for many years, this leafy green vegetable packs a lot of
nutrient value. Collard Greens have high levels of calcium, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene. In
addition to these nutrients, it also boasts high selenium content. Collard greens can be had
throughout the year but most consider them to be best between January to April.

2. Sweet Potatoes
The anti-oxidant properties of sweet potatoes can help to rid the body of free radicals linked to
many chronic illnesses including diabetes and colon cancer. They are also thought to be able to
lessen the effects of asthma and arthritis due to their anti-inflammatory tendencies. Sweet
potatoes are also a good source of iron, calcium and fiber, and best of all they can be used in a
number of recipes.
3. Broccoli
Like so many vegetables out there, this one is also great protecting your body from the ravishes
of cancer. They are attractive enough to enhance any dish but their uses go far beyond
aesthetics. With high folic acid levels, it is useful in preventing birth defects. In addition it is great
for getting enough calcium and vitamin C in your diet.

4. Onions
This unassuming bulb actually offers more health benefits than you may think. They help to
lower blood sugar levels in addition to promoting good cardiovascular health. It has been proven
that adding onions to your diet can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers and contribute
to gastrointestinal health.
5. Carrots
Ask anyone to name a vegetable, and most of them will say ‘carrot’ right off the bat. There’s a
reason why this vegetable is so popular. Apart from being one of the most commonly used, it is
the best source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. They are also known to help strengthen the
vision, in particular night vision. Carrots can also be used to regulate blood sugar levels and are
good for the health of the colon.

6. Spinach
While most people make a face at the thought of eating this vegetable, but spinach actually
protects us from a number of illnesses like arthritis, heart disease and osteoporosis. Studies
have shown that spinach contains a minimum of 13 flavonoid compounds. Serious illnesses like
ovarian and prostate cancer can also be helped by consumption of spinach.
7. Kale
This vegetable has a multitude of benefits for the body. Like every other vegetable it contains
important vitamins, but has more dietary value per calorie than most vegetables. Kale is known
for its detoxing ability, as well as its proven capacity for reducing the risk of cancer, especially of
the ovaries. Consuming adequate amounts of this vegetable can also help to keep lungs
healthy. Maybe the best thing about kale is that it can easily be grown in home gardens.

8. Eggplant
Studies have indicated that eggplant may have a protective effect on the brain. The fact that they
are low in calories makes it a popular food among dieters and health conscious individuals. This
vegetable has high levels of copper, potassium and fiber. Eggplants positive effect on
cardiovascular health is well documented.
9. Cucumbers
Widely acknowledged for its soothing effect on the skin, cucumber is popular not only for eating
but skincare products. It has a positive overall effect on the body, including the ligaments, bones
and muscles, and is also essential for a healthy complexion due to its hydrating properties.
Cucumbers are able to help lower blood pressure if consumed in sufficient quantities.

10. Asparagus
Aside from promoting healthy skin, asparagus also contains fiber and vitamin B6. It is a good
food for pregnant women to consume due its high levels of folate, which also promotes heart
health. Another advantage is that it is low in sodium, but contains potassium, and helps to
maintain a healthy large intestine.