Rutabaga - a two-year plant family Kapustova.
After landing in the first year grow rosette of leaves and roots, and in the second year - flowers and fruits (pods polyspermous). The root of the second year becomes oval and large, the flesh is yellow-orange, and white.
There is a theory which states that vegetable rutabaga was bred by mating of cabbage and turnip.
Useful properties rutabagas
Swede contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, sugars, fiber, proteins, pectin and essential oils. In this vegetable it is a large amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), wherein it is retained during prolonged storage and heat treatment (even in boiling water). Also vegetable rutabaga contains B vitamins, carotene (provitamin A), vitamin P.
In rutabaga there are a large number of trace elements calcium, so it is shown to the use in patients with osteoporosis. Also, it contains magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, copper, potassium and sodium. Given the rich vitamin and mineral composition, the use of this vegetable is recommended for hypovitaminosis, especially in winter and early spring periods.
Caloric swede small (only 37kkal 100 g).
In Russian folk medicine, rutabaga is used for a long time, even a few centuries ago it was used for colds. This is quite rational, because the rich content of ascorbic acid stimulates the immune system. It is also known about the use of rutabaga seeds for the treatment of children against measles.
Vegetable turnips - a valuable food product, it is used for constipation, it is recommended to include in the diet of patients with cardiovascular disease. Diuretic rutabaga has long been known and used in the treatment of edema of various origins.
Use rutabagas food helps to normalize metabolism, reduce cholesterol levels in the blood (which is deposited in the blood vessels and form plaques). Therefore, it is recommended in atherosclerosis swede included in the diet.
Swede possesses mucolytic action, that is, it contributes to liquefaction of sputum and the emergence of a productive cough. This vegetable is perfectly helps with chronic inflammatory lung disease (chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia).
Recipe for honey juice turnip for the treatment of cough
One rutabaga midsize peeled, crushed in a meat grinder, and mixed with honey in a ratio of 2: 1. The mixture is take 1 dessert spoon 4 times a day with plenty of water, regardless of meals.
Juice swede excellent healing and protivoozhogovoe means, as it consists of volatile, which have strong antimicrobial action. Applying a paste of turnip on festering wounds contributes to their purification and healing. Besides fresh juice turnips indicated in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia, because it contains large amounts of iron.
Anti-inflammatory properties of turnips are also known, so rinse the mouth with inflammatory diseases, its juice is used for a long time and give a good effect.
In rutabaga contains sulforane, which promotes the excretion of toxic substances and has anti-cancer effect.
Swede also enhance peristaltic contractions of the intestine, improves digestion, normalizes metabolism, so it is very useful in obesity. A low calorie rutabagas in combination with vitamin-rich composition makes it indispensable in the fight against excess weight.
Rutabaga is a hypoallergenic product (ie its ability to cause allergic reactions is low), so it can be included in the diet of young children.
In chronic constipation is better to use only the juice of turnips, as he has a softer effect.
Rutabaga is contraindicated in acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.