Turnip greens are another cruciferous vegetable that boasts an abundance of vitamins and minerals. While some don’t care for the slightly bitter taste-others enjoy it and all the benefits it provides. It’s high calcium content is a contributing factor to its bitter taste. Turnip greens contain four times the amount of calcium as most other vegetables.

Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life and about 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, we lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces, but our bodies cannot produce new calcium so it’s important that we get more in the foods we eat. It’s most notably known for ensuring strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. Adequate amounts of calcium in your diet also helps with weight management, prevents cancer, prevents cardiovascular disease, helps our blood clot, helps nerves send messages and helps muscles contract.

They are also rich in vitamin K, which is a fat-soluble vitamin most well-known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. Vitamin K is also essential to building strong bones, preventing heart disease, preventing cancer, and plays an important role in many bodily processes.

Turnip greens also contain high amounts of vitamin A and C. Both are cancer preventing antioxidants known for fighting off free radical damage and slowing the signs of aging. Vitamin A is key for good vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth. It also helps the skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively. Vitamin C is also essential for healthy immune system function, prevention of cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

They are also high in folate and copper. Folate or folic acid prevents birth defects, obesity and various cancers, including colon cancer, as well as preventing heart disease. It also plays a vital role in many bodily functions, including cell repair and maintenance, DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, and the formation of leukocytes and erythrocytes.

Copper is a valuable nutrient that helps with proper body growth, efficient utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions and regulated heart rhythm. It is also integral for preventing premature aging, increasing energy production, balancing thyroid glands, reducing symptoms of arthritis, speeding up wound healing, increasing red blood cell formation, reducing cholesterol and boosting the health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes.

Turnip greens also provide a good amount of manganese and fiber. Manganese helps with healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also assists with metabolic activity, helps with the formation of connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of the thyroid gland and sex hormones, regulation of blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Fiber is important for a healthy digestive system, prevention of certain cancers, prevention of heart disease and reducing your risk of stroke. It also helps with weight management, blood sugar control, prevention of gall and kidney stones, proper skin health and managing cholesterol levels.

If you already love turnip greens-keep enjoying the powerhouse of health benefits they provide and if you don’t care for them-maybe it’s time to search for a new recipe so you can enjoy them in your regular diet.

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