In Chinese medicine butternut squash strengthens the earth element. The associated organs of the earth element are the Stomach and Spleen which are the key organs of the digestive system. They transform food into nutrients which are the sources of Qi and blood. Qi and blood are the vital elements to life. So incorporating butternut squash into your diet will support overall health and wellness. It is warming, so ideal for cold weather months. The Sweet flavor tonifies and strengthens so as a true food is medicine food you can use it as a qi tonic to stay strong and vibrant!
Nutritional Benefits of Butternut Squash
The nutritional benefits of butternut squash are many. The bright orange flesh is rich in Vitamin A which supports a healthy immune system, and eye health. It contains zeaxanthin and lutein, two powerful antioxidants that support vision. Butternut Squash’s high antioxidant content may have anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to reduce your risk of inflammation-related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
There are so many ways you can enjoy the benefits of butternut. Pureed into a creamy soup, roasted with fresh herbs as a side dish, you can even use it as a sweet treat by combining it with cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut oil. We love it so much it is the star of our seasonal favorite, Winter Salad.
Enjoy in good health!