Remember your new year resolutions? How are you doing in keeping to them? If they included taking care of yourself by eating better, then read on. Today’s blog is the first in a four-part series on the amazing benefits some easy-to-find foods that are found all around us. I want to bring greater awareness of the intrinsic properties these foods possess that support our health and well-being.
This blog focuses on the amazing health benefits of cauliflower. The cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the genus Brassica, which includes broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, and collard greens. Typically, only the head of the cauliflower is eaten.
How does eating cauliflower benefit our health? It’s common knowledge that eating fruits and vegetables of all kinds has been found to reduce the chance of developing many adverse health conditions.
Cauliflower supports digestion
Cauliflower is high in fiber and water. Both are important for preventing constipation, maintaining a healthy digestive tract, and lowering the risk of specific conditions. A high-fiber intake has been associated with a significantly lowering risks of developing:
- coronary heart disease
- certain gastrointestinal diseases
Cauliflower defends against cancer
Cauliflower contains antioxidants that help prevent cellular mutations and reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. One of these antioxidants is indole-3-carbinol or I3C, commonly found in cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower. It has been shown to reduce the risk of breast and reproductive cancers in men and women. Eating more of these types of vegetables has been associated with a lower risk of and lung and colon cancer.
Cauliflower supports memory
Choline is an important and versatile “vitamin-like factor” found in cauliflower that helps sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. It also helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.
Cauliflower supports strong bones
Cauliflower contains vitamin K which has been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture and osteoporosis. Vitamin K consumption can improve bone health by acting as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improving calcium absorption, and preventing excretion of calcium in the urine.
Cauliflower supports a healthy circulation
A high intake of fiber has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. Eating cauliflower which contains vitamin K is wholly beneficial.
Go get some cauliflower!