Rutabaga is a happy word. Saying it can’t help bringing a smile to someone’s face. For most Americans, however, that’s where the connection to this root vegetable stops, which is a shame because rutabagas have many health benefits. Amazingly, it’s not that this veggie has been hiding. Rutabagas have been poking around for centuries and are likely to have originated in Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. They are a prized vegetable in Europe and parts of Asia. If Americans eat rutabagas at all, they are usually in stews or served up boiled and mashed along with other vegetables. That should change not because the name is great but because they can help people feel better and live longer. Read on.
Rutabagas have many macronutrients and micronutrients, but they also hold phytonutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are important for eye health. Regularly munching on rutabagas can offset cataracts and macular degeneration, two eye diseases linked to aging.
Rutabagas are a winner for providing fiber, which is critical for digestive health. Fiber helps enhance bowel movements, and the nutrients in this vegetable also help improve the body’s metabolism. The combined impact of this low-calorie item also promotes weight loss.
Rutabaga not only sounds good, but it can also make people feel better because of its vitamin B6 content. This vitamin may help improve moods and possibly fight certain brain disorders. B6 can enhance concentration and energy.
The antioxidants in rutabagas may help fight diseases from free radicals. It enhances skin health and thwarts signs of premature aging. The vitamin C in rutabagas works to block the damage free radicals that cause to the skin. It also supports collagen synthesis, which keeps skin healthy.
Rutabaga delivers potassium to keep cells, tissues and organs operating well. Falling too low on potassium and all sorts of problems and nasty symptoms can surface, from general weakness to nausea, constipation, abdominal cramping and heart palpitations. Chowing down on rutabagas may not only offset these issues but may also boost cardiovascular health.
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