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- Maybe because they are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes and a lowering of blood cholesterol. Diets that include plenty of high-fibre foods may also help prevent heart disease, hemorrhoids, obesity, stroke and diverticulitis. Several studies show that there’s a direct link between the consumption of fibre rich foods, such as parsnips, and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Maybe because, as with carrots, it contains many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties and offer protection from colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
- Maybe because, the roots are high in water soluble vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, respiratory tract, teeth, and gums. It also helps protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body, supporting antibacterial activity and regulating the immune system.
- Maybe because they are rich in vitamin E (used to make red blood cells) and many B-complex groups of vitamins such as vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid and folates. Folate is needed for energy metabolism, the promotion of nervous system health and function and in the synthesis of DNA, RNA and red blood cells, lessens the risks of depression, heart disease and age-related vision and hearing loss. Folate is especially important during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects and may be associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer.
- Maybe because they have good levels of minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium is essential for skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle function and for the production and maintenance of bones. Regularly consuming potassium-rich foods can help lower the risk of stroke and high blood pressure.
- Maybe because their manganese and vitamin K contents play an important role in the health of your bones. Manganese helps you produce sex hormones, while vitamin K is essential for blood clotting.
- Maybe because they contain compounds that help regulate the immune response. Dendric cells play a key role in the regulation of the immune system and studies show that falcarindiol, found in parsnips, has the ability to stop dendritic (or immune) cells from reaching maturity. The ability to suppress the immune system gives parsnips great potential to be part of a new therapy for the treatment of autoimmune and allergic diseases.