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Amazing Cruciferous Vegetables

· Wellbeing,Hypnotherapy,weight loss

Most people will have heard of cruciferous vegetable and how they have cancer fighting properties!

Cruciferous vegetables are part of the Cruciferae family, which also include Brassicas as well as other types of vegetables. There are a number of specific sections of plants that are eaten, from the flower heads (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower), to the roots (i.e. kohlrabi), to the leaves (i.e. kale).

Cruciferous vegetables include:

  • Arugula (Rocket)
  • Bok Choy (Pak Choi)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Collard & Mustard Greens
  • Daikon Radish
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radish
  • Turnip
  • Wasabi
  • Watercress

So what makes cruciferous vegetables so amazing? They are amazing, because they contain sulforaphane, which is a phytochemical (technical bit over) and this is abundant in cruciferous vegetables.

There are many benefits to eating cruciferous vegetables, John Hopkins researcher Paul Talalay and colleagues [1992], discovered some of these benefits.

The Top Ten Reasons For Eating Cruciferous Vegetables:

  1. Anti Cancer Benefits - sulforaphane (and cruciferous vegetables contain lots of it) is referred to as an anticancer compound as it is known to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  2. Positive Effect On Depression – research has shown that cruciferous vegetables may have significant anti-depressant and anxiety reducing benefits
  3. Pain Relief – initial studies have show that sulforaphane can aid pain management (i.e. pain blocking and pain relief)
  4. Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease – based on the research, cruciferous vegetables can help reduce inflammation of the arteries, help to reduce obesity, helps to relieve hypertension and other conditions association with cardiovascular disease
  5. A Good Source of Antioxidants – cruciferous vegetables are high in antioxidants and therefore very effective in reducing oxidative stress in the body, which will help keep the body and liver healthy
  6. Elimination of And Protection Against Toxins – there are many toxins that we come across on a daily basis.  The consumption of cruciferous vegetables increases the body’s ability to elimination toxic substances and aids the filtering of them from the body
  7. Provides Protection Against Type II Diabetes & Insulin Resistance – diet and exercise has a dramatically positive effect on the prevention and treatment of Type II Diabetes, including lowering insulin resistance
  8. Helps To Protect Against Colon And Gastric Cancer  - helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that is associated with stomach ulcers and some stomach cancers.  Cruciferous vegetables are very effective at helping the body to eliminate this organism from our bodies
  9. Positive Benefits For Cognitive Enhancement (Alzheimer’s disease) – research is ongoing into the benefits of sulforaphane compounds on Alzheimer’s disease and how they may help to improve the removal of toxins from the brain and tissue function, but the outlook looks positive
  10. Anti-inflammatory Benefits – abnormal inflammation in the body is know to be a significant and contributing factor in most, if not all chronic illnesses.  Therefore, a body that is unwell, will be inflamed.  Sulforaphane has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties.  Research is helping to confirm that cruciferous vegetables could be a valuable treatment for inflammatory conditions and disease

The benefits of eating sulforaphane rich cruciferous vegetables are not limited to the ten listed above. If you want to experience the goodness and reap the benefits that nature’s harvest has to offer, then add some cruciferous vegetables to your diet, on a daily basis.

A Powerhouse Kale Drink to try:

Cool Kale

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup / 67 g kale leaves, chopped
  2. 1 medium pear, cored and chopped
  3. 1 cup / 240 ml pure unsweetened coconut water, chilled

Method:

Chop up the kale or buy pre chopped kale and the pear

Pop into the Nutribullet or similar machine

Add the liquid

Serve with ice if preferred

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