While still a child, your mother may have to fight in order for you to want to eat vegetables. Turns out this is not without reason, because it contains important vegetables can make your body immune to the disease.

Various ways done by the mothers to make their children to eat vegetables. One of them by decorating pumpkins, carrots, cucumbers or tomatoes into various attractive shapes, mixing red and yellow peppers in a salad, so it makes food look more appealing.

Any given course every mother to us is all that helpful, including vegetables. Vegetables are very important for health because it contains phytochemicals.


What was Phytochemicals?
Phytochemicals are active substances in plants that provide color, taste, smell, and protection against diseases in plants. Phytochemicals work as powerful antioxidants, which can boost our body's defenses against disease and boost immunity.

Most of the studies were conducted focusing on the anti-cancer effects of phytochemicals, the result is just as important for those who want to boost the immune system or prevent aging.


Scientists at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRC) gives the value of the 60 fruits and vegetables that have the potential to be an antioxidant, which can stabilize the cell and helps fight free radical damage and molecules that weaken the immune system.

Antioxidants can help you prevent cancer, heart disease and other adverse health conditions. Fruit with the highest scores in the study HNRC are blueberries, then strawberries, plums, and raisins.

Many of antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties, and several more have a natural ability to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Thus, it is important to fill your diet with colorful foods. Eat fruits and vegetables in blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green.

Fresh or Frozen?
Fruits and frozen vegetables have the same benefits as the fresh. Fruits and vegetables are usually harvested early, before it is fully ripe. But it would be even better if you plant a fruit or vegetable itself, or you can buy directly from nearby plantations.

Source of Phytochemicals
The following foods contain phytochemicals sources:

Fruits
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, lemon, mango, melon, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, and plums.

Cereals
corn, oats, quinoa, brown rice, and wheat germ.

Pulses and Grains
Flaxseed, macadamia, pecans, sesame seeds, and walnuts.

Vegetable
Asparagus, green beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, dark green vegetables and lettuce, mushrooms, onions, green beans and dried, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, soybeans, watercress, winter squash, tomatoes, and others.

So, keep the mother's message to always eat vegetables and fruits in your diet each.

Sources: duniafitnes.com
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