Everyone knows that eating vegetables has profound health benefits, but if we look closely at their phytochemical (plant based chemical) content, or the growing amount of research into their specific effects on the body and disease, a few vegetables appear to be a “miracle” foods.
One such group of veggies are those of the Brassica family, commonly known as cruciferous. These include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, raddish, rutabaga, turnip and arugula.
What makes this group of veggies so special? Sulforaphane. Check. (http://www.greenmedininfo.com/substance/sulforaphane).
Sulforaphane is a phytochemical abundant in cruciferous vegetables. It all starts with with glucoraphanin a precursor of sulforaphane.
Here are the ten top reasons to eat your cruciferous vegetables.
- Anti-Cancer Benefits. Sulforaphane is is refered as to an anticancer compound. This is linked to sulforaphane’s potent antioxidant and antiflamatory properties similar to tumeric (curcumin). Cruciferous contain extracts that are effective at inhibiting lung adenocarcinoma, etc,
- Depression Relief. Cruciferous and sulforaphane may have a significant benefit for depression, based on animal research.
- Pain Relief. There is some evidence that sulforaphane may have significant value in pain management.
- Cardioprotection. Research shows that sulforaphane helps with inflamation of the arterial walls, inhibits obesity, relieves hypertension, and others.
- Antioxidants. It’s well known that cruciferous, especially broccoli, is a superior source of antioxidants.
- Protection From and Elimination of Toxins. Sulforaphane assists in protection and elimination of arsenic and pesticides and other toxic substances.
- Type II Diabetes and Insulin Resistance (IR) Support. It is generally recognized that diet and exercise can assist with the prevention and treatment of type II diabetes.
- Helicobacter pylori Support. This bacteria is associated with stomach ulcers, and sulforaphane-laden cruciferous happen to offer support in eliminating the colonization of this organism in our bodies.
- Alzheimer’s Applications. Studies suggest that sulforaphane might be a promising therapeutic agent in cognitive enhancement in Alzheimer disease.
- Anti-Inflamatory Benefits. As anti-inflamatories, sulforaphane is right up there with the king of all spices, curcumin (tumeric) giving our cruciferous vegetables the upper hand in the list of anti-inflamatory foods.
- This is a brief list of the benefits of eating your suforaphane-rich cruciferous vegetables. Would you try it and see the results? Enjoy it for better health. God’s Blessings!!