Five Vegetables That Keep Us Young

BY Sophie Xiao TIMEMarch 27, 2012 PRINT
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Squash is one of the five major vegetables that help the skin maintain a youthful appearance. (Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)

Most people know that there are lots of delicious vegetables that are good for health. It’s less well-known that some vegetables can also help us stay young.

Brussels Sprouts. This vegetable is known for its cancer- and cholesterol-fighting properties. Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and lutein, which contribute to the vegetable’s anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.

Brussels sprouts also contain a substance called sinigrin, which works as a powerful antioxidant in the liver, detoxifying and eliminating harmful aging substances.

The vegetable is very effective in keeping the skin and bones young and rejuvenating us because 31 percent of its calories are from protein.

Carrots. A newly discovered substance in carrots, falcarinol, has been shown to a have a strong skin-protecting, antioxidant effect. The fiber in carrots, pectin, detoxifies heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and other toxins.

Carrots’ bright orange color signifies their high beta- and alpha-carotene levels. This gives them the ability to rejuvenate skin and other organs.

Squash. There are many wonderful nutrients in squash, which is available in many varieties. Squash is sweet and starchy, making it an easy way to complement a light meal with bitter greens.

Squash contains properties that prevent damage to the skin, joints, brain, and heart, such as coumarin, with its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.

Squash also contains vitamins A and C, antioxidants that destroy harmful free radical molecules, thus protecting us from heat and light damage, helping the skin maintain a youthful appearance.

Shiitake Mushrooms. These mushrooms are a traditional remedy in their native China, Japan, and Korea, where they are prized for their ability to improve vitality and immunity. Because shiitake mushrooms contain rich sources of beta-glucan, they help the liver recover from toxins, such as alcohol.

If you want to stop weight gain or help yourself lose weight, eat shiitake mushrooms regularly. They contain vitamin B3 and thus help the body metabolize sugar and keep weight from creeping up on us as we get older.

Shiitake mushrooms help keep us young because they contain the minerals zinc and selenium and anti-oxidant enzymes.

Watercress. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help prevent UV damage, protecting us against premature aging and skin damage. Watercress is high in carotenoids.

It is also iodine-rich, thus it helps regulate metabolism and helps maintain a healthy, youthful weight. Watercress is also high in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E, which help prevent wrinkles, age spots, and skin damage.

Source: Kan Zhong Guo

Sophie Xiao
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