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ZUCCHINI + TOMATO SOUP
Incorporating zucchini in your diet can help improve digestion including reducing the incidence of constipation and other digestive issues.
Zucchini is high in water. It also contains significant amounts of fiber, electrolytes, and other nutrients that are necessary for a healthy digestive system.
Regular consumption of zucchini can also help prevent ulcers, IBS, and colon cancer.
Slows down aging
Aging results from the activity of toxins, free radicals, and inflammation that the body is exposed to over the years. These poisons and inflammation can be reduced by antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which help rid the body of free radicals and excess inflammation.
Lowers blood sugar levels
High blood sugar levels and diabetes are problems that are worsened by a diet high in (unhealthy) carbohydrates and low in fiber.
By including zucchini in your diet, you increase the intake of fiber. You can also reduce your carbohydrate intake because you will feel full for longer. These diet changes can help reduce your blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
This can mean that your body no longer requires excessive amounts of insulin to process sugar. This can change your risk of developing diabetes. Studies show that including at least 30 grams of fiber in your daily diet lowers your risk of getting diabetes significantly.
Supports healthy circulation and a healthy heart
Zucchini is low in fat and sodium, but high in fiber and potassium. These properties help to maintain healthy blood circulation.
Low sodium and high potassium help to maintain healthy blood pressure while fiber, such as the polysaccharide in zucchini, lowers cholesterol levels.
This combination works synergistically to maintain good circulation, which is necessary for healthy blood pressure and a healthy heart.
Improves eye health
Zucchini is a good source of health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, zeaxanthin, and lutein.
Zeaxanthin and lutein are especially useful in maintaining and improving eye health by fighting free radicals. This reduces the risk of developing age-related eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Because zucchini is a rich source of B-vitamins, especially folate, riboflavin, and B6, it can help to boost energy production in the body. This reduces fatigue and improves moods.
The body requires B-vitamins for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. These vitamins also aid in various brain functions including cognition.
Because zucchini is low in calories and high in water and fiber, it is a great food for those wishing to reduce their body weight.
It is worth noting that excess body weight usually results from regular consumption of carbohydrate and sugary foods.
By including zucchini in your diet, you increase the fiber and water content of your food. This means that you will feel full for longer and end up eating less. In the long term, you will lose some of your excess weight.
Improves thyroid and adrenal functions
Zucchini contains high amounts of vitamin C and polyphenols, especially in the peels.
Laboratory studies on rats by the Devi University found that the compounds in zucchini peels have positive effects on the thyroid and adrenal glands. Additionally, the compounds helped in the regulating insulin levels.
Protects against oxidation and inflammation
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, including vitamins A and C, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase. Large amounts of these compounds are found in zucchini skin. For this reason, you should eat the skin together with the flesh.
Eating zucchini regularly reduces oxidation and inflammation within the body. This boosts your immunity and protects against diseases associated with inflammation.
Tomatoes Preserve Heart Health
Regular consumption of tomatoes has numerous beneficial effects on the heart, owing largely to the presence of beta carotene and the rare anti-oxidant Lycopene. Studies have revealed that diets that contain the lowest amounts of these two nutrients are associated with great risk of heart disease and stroke. They help to reduce the impact of oxidative damage on the heart, prevents formation of dangerous blood clots, and also exert a cholesterol lowering effect.
Consumption of Tomatoes Reduces Cancer Risk
There is a growing body of evidence to support the fact that increasing your consumption of tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, especially those of the prostate, colon and breast. These effects are heavily attributed to the presence of Lycopene, although other nutrients definitely play a supporting role. As more studies are undertaken, it is certain that the popularity and consumption of tomatoes will only skyrocket even more.
Help Manage Symptoms Of An Enlarged Prostate
There is a special role for tomatoes when it comes to male prostate health, as the compound Lycopene is capable of acting mildly like some medications used to control an enlarging prostate. Under the influence of the androgen DHT, cells of the prostate may respond and either rapidly increase in size, or number. While this growth is mainly harmless, it can lead to extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing situations, as the normal flow of urine becomes troublesome. Tomatoes are capable of blocking the production of some of this hormone, which diminishes the action it can have on the prostate gland. Plus, owing to the fact that Lycopene and tomatoes themselves are excellent anti-oxidant sources, it can prevent this generally benign growth from tripping and becoming cancerous.
Tomatoes Are Good For Your Skin
By volume, tomatoes are about 95% water, which makes them very helpful in maintaining the health of your skin. But that’s not all they do for you, as Lycopene has a UV ray reflecting property, reducing the possibility of damage as a result of sun exposure. Findings have observed more than a 40% reduction in development of sun burn in people who consume generous amounts of tomatoes, compared to those who do not.
Tomatoes Improve Bone Health
When thinking of bone and preservation, tomatoes aren’t the first thing that come to mind. And while we are not after its calcium or magnesium levels, its Lycopene levels are extremely beneficial for preventing oxidative damage to bone. Many people do not consider bone a living tissue, but while you are alive, so is bone. The importance of Lycopene was confirmed in postmenopausal women, who experienced accelerated bone loss when tomato consumption was discontinued.
Reduce The Risk Of Experiencing Thromboembolic Episodes
Thromboembolic episodes refer to conditions relating to abnormal platelet and blood cell clotting, such as that which occurs during a stroke or heart attack. Normally, these events occur following changes to blood and vessels slowly over time, frequently coupled with abnormal clotting. Tomatoes contain compounds which inhibit excessive clotting processes, and as a result can decrease your risk of suffering these debilitating events.
Tomatoes Reduce Extent Of Lipid Peroxidation
The insides of your blood vessels are lined with fats and lipids – this is an unchangeable part of our biochemistry. However, this also makes them prime targets for oxidative damage, and what is frequently the starting point for atherosclerosis and heart disease. Tomatoes, by virtue of its powerful anti-oxidant ability, reduces the extent of this oxidative damage, and slows down development of atherosclerotic plaques.
Tomatoes Are Good For Your Eyes
Tomatoes contain Vitamin A and its associated carotenoid anti-oxidants, which reduce damage to the macula of the eye, help safeguard the optic nerve and improve night vision. In addition, lycopene scavenges for the effects of free radicals, reducing symptoms of blurriness, cataracts and help keep eyes functioning optimally into old age.
May Prevent or Slow Progression Of Neurological Conditions
Many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s share an oxidative damage pathway, which if reduced, suppress the risk of development or speed of progression of the diseases. Lycopene exerts these powerful effects on preserving optimal brain function, which along with the modest amount of folate in tomatoes, can breakdown elevated homocysteine levels (which have a pro-inflammatory effect).
Tomatoes Offer Excellent Weight Loss Support
While dieting to lose weight, increased oxidation of fat cells is a normal occurrence. However, this is not without side-effects, as increased oxidation usually occurs on a system wide basis, increasing other oxidation related effects, such as possibility of accelerated skin damage. However, tomatoes can help offset this increased exposure to Oxidative stimuli, thanks to its generous amount of lycopene and other phytocompounds, including vitamins C and E. plus, they are very low calorie and filling, which makes them the perfect accompaniment to calorie restricted diets. Feel free to eat as much as you like, as you are unlikely to gain weight or experience adverse effects from having too much.
Tomatoes Improve Immune Function
Tomatoes are rich in many anti-oxidant vitamins, such as C and E, which reinforce the strength of the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells. A significant portion of the immune system is also in the digestive tract, although many people do not realize this, but luckily tomatoes soluble fiber can help support their nourishment too. Holistically, tomatoes offer unparalleled support for your immune system.
INGREDIENTS: Zucchini, Tomatoes, Organic Carrots, Garlic, Onions, Celery, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Chipotle Pepper
VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE