Roots and Tubers – The Reservoirs of Minerals in Our Diet

The balanced diet is an important aspect of the growth and Nutrition. The concept of micro and macro nutrients plays a prominent role in the consideration of dietetic requisitions of a person for various health benefits.

Roots and Tubers contribute a lot to the promotion of the positive health. Due to their antioxidative, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic, antimicrobial and Antiulcerative qualities they are well known for amazing nutrients for health benefits. Many of these roots and tubers are used as traditional medicine in various Asian countries to reduce the risk of the disease and increase the health and wellness.

The ancient sages of India during the practice of their Hatha Yoga Curriculum used to consume the roots and tubers to keep them healthy. The essential minerals required for the metabolism in the body and fiber content for the proper peristalsis activity are found in abundance in these food components of the vegetables. We find a variety of these roots and tubers which are grown in most of the tropical region around the world. Yoga Teacher Training Courses give significant importance to the roots and tubers in their yogic diet. You can have following in your diet for various wonderful benefits for your health.

Radish:
Raphanus Sativus is the botanical name of Radish. It is a rich source of Potassium which is a water-soluble mineral playing a role of electrolyte in conduction in the body. We can also find phosphorus, sodium, copper, calcium, magnesium and manganese in Radish. We can have it as Salad, curry. The stuffed mooli paratha is popular north Indian bread.

Carrot:
It is known as Daucus Carota which is packed with multivitamins. It is rich sources of the minerals such as Potassium and Sodium. Other minerals which are found in Carrot are zinc, manganese magnesium and iron including phosphorus. Raw carrots are the best sources of dietary fiber helpful in the prevention of the tendencies of constipation.

Beetroot:
Botanically know as Beta Vulgaris. It is a rich source of folic acid and Iron along with calcium. Iron is very important for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. This delicious root is packed with a higher concentration of nitrates which are good for various health benefits.

The phytochemicals in these roots and tubers such as carotenoids, ascorbic acid various therapeutical applications.

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