Turnip Greens, Greens Leaves of Turnip, An Antioxidant Rich Food

Turnip Greens

Turnip greens is, simply, the greens of the turnip plant.

The root of the turnip plant is more well-known as food, but in some parts of the world, the greens are also consumed.

I never used to eat these greens as I was brought up to discard these greens; considered not edible, when I was growing up. Now, I am horrified that all those years before I started eating turnip greens, I had been throwing away nutrients down the drain.

Turnip Greens' Main Nutrients

  • Antioxidant:    Vitamin (K,A,C,E)
  • Other:               Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin (A,B,C,E,K), Folate, Copper, Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Water

Interesting stuff on Turnip Greens

(Turnip) Native of:

  • Unknown - but wild forms of turnips exist in West Asia and Europe.

(Turnip) Now Found/Grown in:

  • Worldwide - but mostly in Europe.

Examples of Health Benefits of Turnip Greens

  • Anti-cancer, typically bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer
  • Aids detoxification process

Mainly due to glucosinolates antioxidant found in Turnip Greens. Glucosinolates antioxidant regulates the detoxification enzymes.

  • Aids in lowering cholesterol

Being fiber rich, it binds with the used biles (for digestion of fats), and allows these used biles to be eliminated from our body. To replace these biles, the live then draws on existing cholesterol from the body, and thereby, reduces the cholesterol levels in the body.

  • Aids in prevention of homocysteine build up.

Being rich in Folate, aids the reduction of homocysteine in our body.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Lowers risks of heart attack
  • Lowers risks of ischemic heart disease, and atherosclerosis

Some precautions

  • High in Oxalate that may cause stones.

Kohlrabi-a variation of turnip greens with purple stalk
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