Cruciferous Vegetables – plants of the cabbage family that are very good for you. In my opinion cruciferous vegetables are truly a super-food. Eating cruciferous vegetables daily is a healthy way to load up on vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, feed your good gut bacteria, boost your immune system and prevent cancer. You may know broccoli and cabbage are cruciferous but there are many other vegetables are included in this family of foods. Many dark leafy greens and many roots are cruciferous vegetables also.
List of cruciferous vegetables
- Bok Choy
- Broccoli rabe
- Broccoli Romanesco
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cabbage – red and green
- Chinese broccoli
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard Greens
- Mustard greens & seeds
- Napa cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- Swiss chard
- Turnip, root & greens
Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they support our bodies with detoxification, antioxidants and by lowering inflammation – these are the three main function we need to support in order to fight off cancer and prevent many illnesses. There are almost 600 studies on the PubMed database about the link between cruciferous veggies and cancer prevention.
Cruciferous vegetables are said to be the most powerful anti-cancer foods in existence.
Health benefits of eating cruciferous vegetables
- High in Antioxidant
- Boosts our body’s detoxification
- Lowers inflammation
- Help regulate hormones
- Contain antibacterial and antiviral properties
- Inactivate carcinogens
- Reprogram cancer cells to die-off
- Prevent tumor formation and metastasis
The great thing about cruciferous vegetables is that there are over 40 different types, so it’s easy to add a variety of cruciferous vegetables to your meal plan. I encourage you to try them all. Broccoli contains different nutrients and phytonutrients than kale, so it’s important to switch it up to get a variety of nutrients.
I have many recipes on my website using cruciferous vegetable.
including: Diakon apple slaw