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9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Turnips

Roast them, puree them, or use them in a soup.

By Nina Derwin
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Turnips are a popular cruciferous root vegetable that are grown in a variety of colors including purple, red, and green with white bulbs. Both the roots and the leaves of the turnip are edible, and they are a favorite of nutritionists due to all of their health benefits. Turnips can be prepared in a variety of ways, and whether you roast them, puree them, or use them in a soup, your body will thank you for the rich nourishment they provide.


Turnips may contain anti-cancer properties.

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Turnips contain a high vitamin C content and are rich in glucosinolates, both of which may help prevent the growth of cancer cells in the body.


Turnips have anti-inflammatory effects.

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The glucosinolates found in turnips break down into byproducts with anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve those with chronic pain from arthritis or conditions like high blood pressure.


Turnips help fight off harmful bacteria.

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When the body breaks down the glucosinolates contained in turnips, the compounds that result prevent the growth of bacteria within the body, like E. coli and S. aureus.

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Turnips can assist in controlling blood sugar levels.

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Incorporating turnips into your diet can help reduce blood sugar levels and increase insulin production.


Turnips can help protect your liver.

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Turnips contain anthocyanins and sulfur compounds, which have been proven helpful in reducing liver toxicity, according to some studies.


Turnips can help aid in weight management.

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Because turnips are low in calories and low on the glycemic index, eating them regularly can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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Turnips support bone health.

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Turnips contain vitamin K, which is vital in bone metabolism. Consuming turnips may make a positive impact on bone formation.


Turnips help with iron absorption.

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Iron is an important part of your diet, and consuming turnips regularly can help improve the body’s ability to absorb iron.


Turnips can promote the production of red blood cells.

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Turnip leaves are rich with folate, which is critical to the production of red blood cells and is also known to help prevent any developmental issues in fetuses.

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