Eat Your Greens! Especially Cruciferous Veg….

by Chiropractors Brighton on November 16, 2010

Brighton Chiropractors

Brussel sprouts are just arriving in shops on the stalk and are particularly wonderful to eat right now.  A cruciferous-rich diet which includes cabbage, brocolli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cress etc  has shown a reduced risk of many cancers. Cruciferous vegetables are also rich in antioxidants that help protect your body’s cells from damage.  The body’s detox system requires ample supplies of sulfur to work effectively, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur-containing nutrients.  Sulfur is connected with both the smell and taste of Brussels sprouts, and too much sulfur aroma is often associated with overcooking of this vegetable. Our body’s detox system needs strong antioxidant support especially in the initial stages.   Brussels sprouts are able to provide that kind of support because they are an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of beta-carotene and manganese, and a good source of vitamin E. Brussels sprouts also contain a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, including many antioxidant flavonoids. There is also evidence that the DNA in our cells is protected by naturally occurring substances in Brussels sprouts, and since many environmental toxins can trigger unwanted change in our DNA, Brussels sprouts can help prevent these toxin-triggered DNA changes.

It’s best to eat these veggies raw or only lightly steamed to retain the phytochemicals that make cruciferous vegetables special in terms of health.

To read more about the health giving properties of these lovely little brassicas click here

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