BEETS – Red beets are a phenomenal source of betalain pigments, phytonutrients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. They’re also rich in heart supporting folate.
TART CHERRIES – Their bright color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that get the credit for cherries’ unique health properties, from anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits to reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
TOMATOES – Lovely lycopene, a well studied phytonutrient, gives tomatoes their red hue. High intake of tomato-based foods will result in a greater protection against heart disease. Tomatoes also provide potassium and vitamin C.
RED CABBAGE – This ruby crucifer is loaded with anthocyanins as well as vitamic C, which helps people with heart failure live longer. Cabbage also helps lower cholesterol levels.
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CABBAGE: (Brassica oleracea)
COMMON NAMES: Head cabbage, Bowkail
PART USED: Leaves
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Glucosinolates, Glutamine, Goitrogens, indole-3-carbinol, Anti-cancer, Anti-inflammatory, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, Folate.
Cabbage is a herbaceous, biennial, dicotyledonous flowering plant distinguished by a short stem upon which is crowded a mass of leaves, usually green but in some varieties red or purplish, which while immature form a characteristic compact, globular cluster. There are many varieties of cabbage based on shape and time of maturity. Cabbages grown late in autumn and in the beginning of winter are called coleworts; their leaves do not form a compact head. “Colewort” may also refer to a young cabbage. The word comes from Latin caulis (stalk of a plant, cabbage) and Old English wyrt (herb, plant, root). A drumhead cabbage has a rounded, flattened head. An oxheart cabbage has an oval or conical head. A pickling cabbage, such as the red-leafed cabbage, is especially suitable for pickling. Red cabbage is a small, round-headed type with dark red leaves. Savoy cabbage has a round, compact head with crinkled and curled leaves. Winter cabbage will survive the winter in the open in mild regions such as the southern United States; the name is also used for Savoy cabbage. Other traditional varieties include white cabbage, “Late Flat Dutch”, “Early Jersey Wakefield” (a conical variety) and “Danish Ballhead” (late, round-headed).
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