The end of October marks an increasingly popular celebration in our country – the Halloween, similar to St. Andrew’s Day, our celebration, in which, like our Western neighbours, we chase the evil spirits using symbols or hand-made objects.
Those who enter the “game” of these special days use the “American” pumpkin and our “indigenous” garlic. Beyond the fun side of Holloween, the two star vegetables also have benefits in maintaining a healthy nervous system, improving immunity, and also preventing heart disease.
“Autumn is the right season to strengthen your entire body. The fruits and vegetables available have many benefits, but, mainly, their consumption helps to maintain a nervous system that works at the optimum level. Our recommendation is to include at least one of the vegetables and seasonal fruits at least in one meal a day,” explain the Neuroaxis clinicians.
Here are the super foods of the season:
- The pumpkin – the indisputable star of Halloween helps the body in the cool season, being rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. Pumpkin consumption improves the peripheral circulation, maintains the health of the circular, bony and nervous system.
Its seeds are an important source of tryptophan, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids, being beneficial for neurological disorders, especially for the peripheral neurological disorders.
- The garlic – contains an increased amount of vitamin B6. In the case of children suffering from eilepsy, a B6 deficiency can occur as an adverse effect of the anticonvulsant drugs and garlic consumption may be beneficial. This food has a vasodilatory effect especially on the peripheral arteries (cerebral, retinal, lower limbs), relieving the headache and the intermittent claudication. It is important not to consume garlic exaggerately because it can affect the digestive system.
- The turnip – up to the first waves of immigrants, in Scotland and Ireland, the turnip was used to make Jack-o’-lanterns on Halloween Day. This vegetable has a fiber-rich root and its consumption can help patients diagnosed with atherosclerosis, the blood cholesterol-borne disease of the walls of the blood vessels, meant to reduce the incidence of a stroke. Furthermore, the decoction of the roots improves sleep and can reduce stress and anxiety. The turnip belongs to the cruciferous family, and its leaves contain four times more calcium than any related vegetable.
- The nuts – they have active ingredients in their composition that help blood vessels that irrigate the brain, improving memory and concentration. Also, this small fruit has a high content of melatonin, which helps the body fight insomnia, but also a fatty acid content that relieves anxiety. Regular consumption of nuts strengthens blood vessels, being considered a protective factor against the occurrence of a cerebrovascular accident.
- The grapes – they contain fructose and glucose (about 20%), which stimulates the so-called “hormone of happiness”, the serotonin, and annihilates the nervous tension. Numerous studies have highlighted that the grapes can improve the brain health and can block neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. A glass of fresh grape juice consumed in the morning can help prevent and even treat migraines.
Last Updated on March 5, 2020