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5 Veggies that will help you stay healthy

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Eating your vegetables will keep you strong and healthy. See which ones you should be eating to help ward off illness and infections.

Mom was right. Eating your vegetables will keep you strong and healthy. See which ones you should be eating to help ward off illness. Pick them up at the grocery store now and plan to plant them in your garden later.

Eat your vegetables


Mom was right. Eating your vegetables will keep you strong and healthy. See which ones you should be eating to help ward off illness. Pick them up at the grocery store now and plan to plant them in your garden later.




Spinach

Popeye may have had it right. Spinach provides many well-known health benefits. Not only is it a powerhouse for vitamin A, it also contains other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese and zinc. The flavonoids in spinach have anti-cancer properties. Spinach also contains some dietary fiber which can help you feel fuller longer -- great for watching your waistline.

Broccoli

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli can help your body fight off infection and cancer. Broccoli might be able to help prevent vitamin D deficiencies since it has a unique combination of vitamin K and vitamin A which helps balances vitamin D metabolism (Whfoods.org).

Sweet potatoes

This orange-colored root vegetable isn't just pretty to look at, it can deliver a powerhouse of vitamin A. According to NaturalNews, one medium sweet potato gives your body the full recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also contain a large about of vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and vitamins C and E -- important vitamins in disease prevention. Plus, the combination of vitamins help contribute to healthier skin and hair.

Garlic

Garlic may do more than just ward off vampires. This potent kitchen staple contains the active ingredient allicin which can help fight bacteria and possible infection. In addition to being a treatment for fungal infections, garlic is thought to be beneficial in promoting heart health (Livestrong). To reap the maximum benefit from garlic, try eating it fresh rather than cooking it (just make sure to have some breath mints on hand).

Mushrooms

Not technically a vegetable, this fungus can still provide health-promoting nutrients. You might like mushrooms for their earthy flavor, but they have been used to promote healthy immune systems for centuries. Studies have shown that mushrooms can increase the production and activity of white blood cells which can come in handy if you're fighting an infection.

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