The amazing health benefits of cauliflower!
Cauliflower is a delicious vegetable from the cruciferous family that we can put in all kinds of meals we cook: whether it’s a curry stew, vegetable soup, antipasti, and even pizza. Cauliflower can be eaten in many ways, such as steamed, cooked, fried, or raw.
Health benefits of cauliflower
- Cauliflower contains an ingredient called sulforaphane. It is a sulfur compound that fights cancer stem cells, which are primarily responsible for the spread of the tumor and are the ones that allow cancer to return even after chemotherapy and remission. Although they make up only about 5 percent of the tumor, they still have the potential to regenerate and spread elsewhere in the body. Researches have shown that a combination of turmeric and cauliflower may treat and prevent prostate cancer. A study on laboratory animals published in the journal Carcinogenesis found that sulforaphane may reduce the incidence and rate of tumors and even inhibit their growth. An experiment was done by the National Cancer Institute on mice and rats found that additional compounds in cauliflower prevent the development of cancer cells in the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lungs, and stomach.
- Cauliflower and other components in the cruciferous family have been found to improve blood pressure and kidney function. How does it work? The mechanism that improves blood pressure is related to the process by which a group of methyl (carbon and 3 hydrogen molecules) is added to the molecule of our genetic material (DNA). Methyl groups are responsible for repairing damage to the genetic material and their ability to turn certain genes on or off, especially with regard to the internal lining of the arteries.
- Cauliflower contains many anti-inflammatory components that function at the genetic level in preventing inflammation when it is formed. 2 cups of cauliflower contain 77% of the recommended dose of vitamin C per day. As well as vitamin K, phosphorus, pantothenic acid (B5), thiamine, niacin, protein, riboflavin, magnesium, fiber, vitamin B6, folic acid, manganese, and potassium.
- Cauliflower is a good source of choline, which is part of the B vitamin group that contributes to brain development. Choline was found to increase the brain function of laboratory animals. In addition, choline has contributed to cognitive function, improved memory, and learning and has been found to even prevent impaired brain function in old age.