The closest relative of turnips is rutabaga. Photos, useful properties, possible harm of a vegetable

Rutabaga is a vegetable that tastes like a turnip. Rutabagas are also called bukhva, kalega, rutabaga and Swedish turnips. The plant is very popular not only in the domestic market, but also in Europe. This is due to the fact that the vegetable is unpretentious in growing and subsequent storage, contains many useful substances and is affordable. Some people mistakenly think that rutabagas are only used to feed pets, but this is not the case. Certain varieties, due to their properties, are used in cooking, medicine, and cosmetology.

Chemical composition

Calorie content of a vegetable - 37 kilocalories... Chemical composition of swede:

  • 1.2 g of proteins;
  • 0.1 g fat;
  • 7.7 g of carbohydrates.

Rutabaga contains vitamins:

  • FROM;
  • R;
  • IN 1;
  • IN 2.


  • sodium;
  • iron;
  • potassium;
  • calcium;
  • phosphorus.

A photo

In the photo below you can see what a rutabaga looks like.

Health Benefits

  • Rutabaga contains a lot of vitamins and other useful substances that are well preserved during heat treatment and long-term storage of the fruit. For this she is loved and used in many areas: in cooking, and in folk medicine, and in cosmetology.
  • Rutabaga is used as an anti-cancer agent. It contains the important phytochemicals glucosinolate that prevent the onset and development of malignant tumors.
  • One fruit contains about half the daily value of vitamin C, which makes the vegetable almost indispensable during the cold and flu season. Moreover, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Thanks to vitamin B6, the product improves the absorption of unsaturated fatty acids, normalizes muscle and heart function. And vitamin B9 is involved in hematopoiesis, regulates fat metabolism in the body.
  • The product has a beneficial effect on the skin, helps to eliminate acne, can be used as an additional source of vitamins for dermatitis and eczema.
  • The vegetable has a positive effect on the digestive system.

    One fruit contains approximately 15% of the daily value of fiber, which is necessary to normalize metabolism. It is also used for constipation: it has been proven that the use of rutabagas leads to the normalization of intestinal activity.

  • Magnesium, which is contained in the vegetable, normalizes the functioning of the nervous system, breaks down glucose, removes toxic substances from the body that can accumulate over the years.
  • The vegetable can be used as an antibacterial agent - swede juice is able to heal small wounds and cuts.
  • The fruit contains carotenoids - substances that have a positive effect on the eyes. Due to their high content, the use of rutabagas leads to a decrease in the risk of developing cataracts.
  • Rutabaga also contains potassium, which is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It reduces the risk of heart attack and helps to normalize blood pressure.
  • Due to its high sodium content, the vegetable is able to maintain the balance of water and salt in the body, and normalize kidney function.
  • Contains vitamin K, which improves blood quality and blood clotting, increases bone density and prevents fractures.

We offer you to watch a video about the beneficial qualities of the swede:

Benefits for men

It is proved that regular consumption of swede can lead to a decrease in the risk of baldness, which is very important for many men over 45. The vegetable also helps to increase endurance during intense physical exertion, which is important for men doing physical work or athletes.

For women

Many women find that eating swede can make PMS symptoms less noticeable. And breastfeeding mothers notice an increase in the amount of breast milk. Moreover, the vegetable perfectly helps to reduce excess weight - with a low calorie content, the product is very rich in vitamins and nutritious.

For children

Due to its high calcium content the fruit is very beneficial for children's teeth and bones that are constantly growing and developing. Rutabagas can also be given to children as a natural immune-boosting agent, especially during the cold season, when the risk of illness is high.

Potential harm

A vegetable can only harm those people who have contraindications to the use of the fetus.

This can be allergies, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and other diseases described below.


  1. In general, a vegetable is considered useful and completely harmless, but only for those people who do not suffer from certain diseases and characteristics of the body. These include those who have diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in the stage of inflammation. The fiber contained in this vegetable has a beneficial effect on the intestines, but only in a healthy person. Otherwise, fiber can irritate the mucous membrane, which will only aggravate the disease.
  2. Rutabaga lowers blood sugar, which is why it is often prescribed for people with diabetes. But using this vegetable along with medicines that lower blood sugar levels should be done with caution, after consulting your doctor.
  3. Also, doctors do not advise giving rutabagas to children under 4 years old - it will be difficult for their body to cope with the large amount of fiber that is contained in the vegetable.
  4. People with bladder and kidney inflammation should also avoid eating rutabagas. The same can be said for those who suffer from gout, since a large number of purine bases can provoke an exacerbation of the disease. In other cases, such a fruit is only beneficial. But you can't use too much of it. Enough 2-3 fruits per week for an adult.

Traditional medicine recipes

The vegetable was loved for its rich composition of vitamins and minerals., which do an excellent job of treating some diseases.

When coughing

Traditional medicine uses rutabagas to treat lung diseases. So, in order to prepare a cough remedy, you will need:

  • 200 grams of peeled vegetable;
  • 20 grams of butter, honey and walnuts.

Cut the rutabaga into cubes and simmer along with all the other ingredients. The resulting mixture should be consumed daily in a tablespoon 3 times a day after meals. You need to eat it until the symptoms of the disease are eliminated.

As a diuretic

Every morning and every evening before eating, you must drink 100 ml of freshly squeezed fruit juice... The result is usually visible on the first day of application.

For cleaning blood vessels

For this there is a very popular folk method - a whole vegetable is cut into two parts, a core is cut out in each half.

A spoonful of honey is placed in the resulting hollow and left overnight or all day. Rutabaga will begin to secrete juice that needs to be drunk.

Each half can be used several times until the fruit stops producing juice. This remedy is also useful for strengthening blood vessels.

To combat obesity

As stated earlier, rutabaga is a low-calorie but highly nutritious foodwhich is also rich in fiber. To combat excess weight, you can bake, stew or fry the rutabagas - use it in any form. Even a large portion of a ready-made rutabaga dish is very low in calories, so it can replace, for example, the usual hearty dinner.

For anemia

A vegetable alone is not able to cure a disease, but it can effectively prevent its occurrence. To do this, you need to regularly drink 100 ml of freshly squeezed fruit juice per day.

With burns

In this way, not only burns, but also purulent wounds can be treated. For this you need:

  1. grate a small amount of swede on a fine grater;
  2. wrap the resulting gruel in gauze and apply to the damaged area of ​​the skin as a compress.

It is important to remember that only small wounds and burns can be treated this way; to treat extensive damage, it is imperative to see a doctor.

For constipation

This vegetable is considered one of the best for relieving constipation.... For chronic constipation, you need to consume 250 grams of mashed potatoes from stewed or baked swede 2-3 times a week. You need to eat this puree in the evening, and in the morning the result will not be long in coming.

Application in cosmetology

Some recipes came to us after many decades, since our great-great-grandmothers used them. Modern girls gladly adopt the experience of past generations. So, what is useful and how is a vegetable used to maintain beauty?

For freckles

On the basis of rutabaga juice, they make a kind of lotion... To prepare it you need:

  1. Mix rutabaga juice with lemon juice in a one-to-one ratio.
  2. The resulting mixture must be wiped daily on the face.

It is best to use this remedy during the entire period when the sun is shining brightly - in summer and spring. It is at this time that freckles are most actively manifested on the skin and those who do not like it have to fight it.

For skin hydration

Moisturizing masks are made on the basis of the vegetable.... To prepare it you need:

  1. Mix one tablespoon of finely grated swede with a teaspoon of sour cream.
  2. Apply the resulting mixture to your face.

The duration of the procedure is 15 minutes, then wash off the gruel with cool water. You can do this mask twice a week.

After the first application, peeling disappears, the skin becomes more tender and elastic. And with regular use, the result will not be long in coming - the skin will become soft and moisturized after a couple of weeks of regular use of the mask.

To saturate the skin with vitamins

Another useful and easy-to-prepare mask:

  1. Rutabaga grated on a fine grater should be mixed with the same grated cucumber in a one-to-one ratio.
  2. The resulting gruel should be applied to clean skin, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

This product evens out the complexion, the skin becomes radiant and smooth.

Rutabaga is a truly amazing root vegetable that many people somehow underestimate. It can be eaten, used in the treatment of many diseases, and used in cosmetology. Given the low cost and high saturation with nutrients, we can say that rutabaga - a truly magical all-purpose remedy.

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