8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Did you know cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C? Just 100g of cauliflower will provide you with 80% of your recommended daily value! AMAZING!

Cauliflower can easily be described as a superfood! It contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. It is also a very versatile vegetable. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower can even be seasoned and mashed for a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.” Who knew?!!

Here are 8 interesting health benefits of cauliflower:

1. Rich in Nutrients: Cauliflower contains vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin, B3 (niacin), B5 (panthothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folic acid). It also serves as a good source of protein, potassium, and powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese.

2. Fight Cancer: Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

3. Boost Heart Health: Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function. he anti-inflammatory support provided by cauliflower (including its vitamin K and omega-3 content) makes it a food also capable of providing cardiovascular benefits.

4. Anti-Inflammatory: Cauliflower contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.

5. Boost Brain Health: Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.

6. Detoxification Support: Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify in multiple ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. The glucosinolates in cauliflower also activate detoxification enzymes.

7. Aids Digestion: Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health. The fiber content of cauliflower—over 9 grams in every 100 calories—makes this cruciferous vegetable a great choice for digestive system support. Yet the fiber content of cauliflower is only one of its digestive support mechanisms.

8. Antioxidant Rich: Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). As an excellent source of vitamin C, and a very good source of manganese, cauliflower provides us with two core conventional antioxidants.

Sources for this article:
http://www.heartandbloom.com
http://www.whfoods.com
http://www.healthyimpactnews.com

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