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Oca Vegetable Health Benefits

Oca is a perennial plant extensively cultivated in the central and southern Andes for its edible root. This tuberous root vegetable is the second most widely grown root crop behind the potato in Peru and Bolivia.

 

There are many ways to cook oca, including baking, boiling, steaming, roasting, and stir frying.

 

Oca is one of the highest vegetable sources of carbohydrate and energy. They are a good source of pro-vitamin A (beta carotene), and also contain potassium, vitamin B6 and small amounts of fibre.

 

Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your overall health.

 

A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and can even help slow down your body’s aging process.

 

Oca is a highly productive perennial plant with waxy, brightly coloured tubers that are perfect as a season-extending crop. 

 

It is an excellent source of carbohydrates, phosphorus and iron, as well as essential amino acids that promote the health and proper function of muscles, organs, nails, hair, skin and more.

 

Vegetables also provide you with omega-3 fats and B vitamins, proven to help reduce anxiety and depression.

 

The vitamin K in veggies helps reduce inflammation in your body, which stress can aggravate.

 

Magnesium in vegetables also plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping you maintain good muscle and nerve function and a healthy immune system.

 

Low magnesium levels have been linked with anxiety disorders and migraines, both of which are typically aggravated by stress.

 

Potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.

 

Folate (folic acid) helps the body form healthy red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida during foetal development.

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