Monday, 9 September 2013

The Amazing Benefits of Purple Vegetables!

Since time immemorial, the color purple has long been associated with royalty and nobility including the upper class of society. This is because the color purple was quite a rare color to be seen and expensive to make in those days. Today, the color purple can be seen anywhere, but there are things where the color purple is still very rare such as with vegetables.

Purple vegetables are quite hard to find nowadays, because many of the vegetables are of other colors such as bright red, yellow, and orange. However, purple vegetables such as eggplant, onions and purple cabbages are very hard to find in the market. The pigments that are responsible for the color of these vegetables are called Anthocyanin, which has amazing healing properties. Nevertheless, apart from healing, here are some amazing benefits that one can get with purple vegetables:

Heart Disease Prevention

Purple vegetables are very useful especially to the cardiovascular system. The chemical agent responsible for a myriad of heart diseases is a component known as the endothelin-1. This can be inhibited by a flavonoid component known as the resveratrol, which also allows the flow of blood in the brain as well as preventing cancer cells to be malignant and it reduces stroke.
Purple Vegetables

Fights Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a growing threat among women, as a lot of them today fight for survival with this condition. For those who do not have breast cancer, it is much better to prevent than cure it. According to a research in the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993, headed by Dr. Daniel Nixon, studies show that purple vegetables contain ellagic acid, which helps in inhibiting the malignant growth of the cancer cells and stop its cell growth. Ellagic acid is also known to reduce the effects of estrogen, which is the primary reason of the malignant growth of breast tumors for the women.

Good for Mental Health

Mental disorders usually occur due to the lack of blood flowing in people’s brains. This results in many mental problems such as insomnia, migraine, anxiety and even depression. Fortunately, the resveratrol found in these purple vegetables increase blood flow to the brain, giving people the benefit of lessening the risk of having mental problems.
Purple Vegetables

Prevents Premature Aging

Stress is a killer, especially when it comes to looks as it can make someone in his or her mid 20s, look like someone in their 40s. However, thanks to the purple vegetable’s Anthocyanin, it repairs damaged cell tissues and make a person look young again.
Purple has always been a symbol of royalty and wealth. Today, it is still used as a sign of wealth as it gives many healthy benefits to its consumers. Purple vegetables have been used over the ages as a means of medical treatment especially during the World War II. However, today, due to the increase in the world’s disease, purple colored vegetables have been proven one of the best soldiers for the prevention of these symptoms and they are our gold mine too, as they provide us the wealth of health.

Linda Rosario is a food enthusiast from Chef Needs “The Kitchen that Every Restaurant Needs”. Linda also loves travelling, painting and  works as a Nurse.