Ganth gobi is known as Kohlrabi in english. Kohlrabi is a staple vegetable of the Germans and it has originated from German words: Kohl meaning “cabbage” and rabi meaning “turnip”. It belongs to the cruciferous family. It is extremely high in nutrients, vitamins like vitamin C, B complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin K; minerals like copper, potassium, manganese, iron, and calcium; fiber, phytochemicals, carotenoids and antioxidants. It has amino acids like tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine and lysine. It is one of the highest containing vitamin C rich food.
Why should you consume ganth gobi?
- The fiber present in ganth gobi improves the digestive health. It cures constipation, bloating, cramping and also increases the nutrient absorption.
- It is low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients therefore keeps one full and can form a healthy option of snacking.
- Potassium helps in the regulation of muscle and nerves in our body. It keeps us energetic.
- Potassium being a vasodilator, reduces the tension in the blood vessels and arteries thus, preventing stroke or heart attack. It also balances the electrolytes and fluids within the cells.
- Iron found in ganth gobi increases the count of the red blood cells and thus, treats anemia and its symptoms.
- Manganese, iron and calcium are minerals of the bone and therefore, keeps our bones healthy and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- Vitamin A, carotene and beta carotene are great antioxidants for the eyes. It helps in the prevention of cataract, macular degeneration by neutralising the free radicals in the eyes.
- The B vitamins boosts the energy and increases metabolism.
- Phytochemicals like glucosinolate and antioxidants prevents cancer. Glucosinolates detoxifies the body and produces indole-3-carbinol and isothiocyanate which reduces the risk of breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer.
- Ganth gobi reduces the risk of coronary artery disease.
- Being high in water and fiber content, it treats obesity and thus prevents development of diabetes in an obese person. If someone is already diabetic it can naturally reverse diabetes.
- It reduces the level of c-reactive protein in the blood. C-reactive protein leads to inflammation thus, it decreases inflammation.