Turn Up For Turnip Greens: One Of The Worlds Most Powerful Foods
When talking about greens, most of my family always referred to collard greens or mustard greens as their “go-to” choice for greens. Now, more are trying out kale greens since they are so popular. But many people have forgotten about turnip greens. They are not only good tasting, they also are more powerful than you ever imagined.
The noticeably bitter taste of turnip greens has been linked by researchers to its calcium content. On an ounce-for-ounce basis, turnip greens contain about 4 times more calcium than a much less bitter-tasting cruciferous vegetable like cabbage.
There are a number of other benefits that specifically apply to turnip greens. Take a look:
The connection between turnip greens and cancer prevention should not be surprising since turnip greens provide special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly. Among all types of cancer, prevention of the following cancer types is most closely associated with intake of turnip greens: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer!
A second area you can count on turnip greens for is in their cholesterol-lowering ability. And don’t just think of it as “boring cholesterol.” No, turnip greens have real power in creating a healthier heart and cardiovascular system.
Our liver uses cholesterol as a basic building block to product bile acids. Bile acids are specialized molecules that aid in the digestion and absorption of fat through a process called emulsification. These molecules are typically stored in fluid form in our gall bladder, and when we eat a fat-containing meal, they get released into the intestine where they help ready the fat for interaction with enzymes and eventual absorption up into the body. When we eat turnip greens, fiber-related nutrients in this cruciferous vegetable bind together with some of the bile acids in the intestine in such a way that they simply stay inside the intestine and pass out of our body in a bowel movement, rather than getting absorbed along with the fat they have emulsified. When this happens, our liver needs to replace the lost bile acids by drawing upon our existing supply of cholesterol, and as a result, our cholesterol level drops down.
Turnip greens provide us with this cholesterol-lowering benefit whether they are raw or cooked. However, a recent study has shown that the cholesterol-lowering ability of raw turnip greens improves significantly when they are steamed. In fact, when the cholesterol-lowering ability of steamed turnip greens was compared with the cholesterol-lowering ability of the prescription drug cholestyramine (a medication that is taken for the purpose of lowering cholesterol)!
A Natural Detox:
Turnip greens also contain ingredients that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity.
If we fail to give our body’s detox system adequate nutritional support, yet continue to expose ourselves to…