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A Guide to the Benefits of Green Vegetables

Fresh Cucumber FDP Credit Kittikun AtsawintarangkulGreen vegetables are loaded with minerals and vitamins that help boost your body’s health. Members of the cabbage family (cruciferous vegetables) contain phytochemicals, which help your body fight cancer. Depending on the vegetable, these phytochemicals either act as antioxidants or they prevent cancer-causing substances from getting into your body.

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens help preserve your eyesight.

Sweet potatoes and carrots are not the only vegetables packed with beta carotene-green vegetables are also loaded with this nutrient, which aids your body’s immunity, eyesight and your skin’s health.

Don’t forget about potassium--your body needs potassium so your heart works properly.

Here’s a list of green vegetables important to your diet and your health: broccoli, romaine lettuce, kale, bok choy, brussel sprouts, zucchini, spinach, turnip greens, celery, asparagus, artichoke, cabbage, cucumbers, okra and green bell peppers. Read our Bright Hub managed guides to learn more about the benefits of green vegetables.

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