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Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Brussels sprouts are often used as a versatile food in many cultural cuisines. They have many health benefits that include reducing cholesterol, improving digestion, protecting the heart, increasing circulation, and balancing the hormone levels. They also may minimize oxidative stress and aid in cancer prevention.

Research shows that eating Brussels sprouts may help you protect against oxidative DNA damage. The antioxidants present in Brussels sprouts may lower oxidative stress and protect you from cancer.

Help in Blood Clotting

One of the more widely overlooked vitamins is Vitamin K. This vitamin is required in the body for blood clotting. About 240 percent of the daily-prescribed Vitamin K is found in a single cup of Brussels sprouts, ensuring that the blood clots correctly while still maintaining heart protection and improving bone strength.

Reduce Blood Pressure

Potassium is a precious mineral in the body. It acts as a vasodilator, which may reduce the pressure and tension in the arteries and blood vessels, thus relieving the cardiovascular system's strain. This may help in reducing the risk of cardiac attack, stroke, coronary heart failure, and atherosclerosis.

Lower Inflammation

The Brussels sprouts are comprised of compounds called glucosinolates capable of controlling the body's inflammatory response. Daily intake of Brussels sprouts may help your body get back on track and minimize pain. It also helps people suffering from inflammation, gout, oxidative stress, and arthritis.

Increase in Metabolism

This vegetable is a key component of a balanced metabolism because of the high amount of B-family vitamins present in it, including folate, riboflavin, Vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, and others. This may help the body absorb food quickly, burn calories faster, and use the nutrients more effectively.

May Help in Weight-loss 

There are large amounts of dietary fiber in Brussels sprouts, which are considered to be helpful with weight loss. Fiber activates the hormone leptin, which ensures that you would not have cravings to eat. This may help you reduce snacking during meals and eliminates cramping and bloating, which sometimes ensues after following rigorous weight loss methods.

Heal Wounds

Vitamin C is an important element of collagen needed to create muscle, skin, and tissue cells. The body may not be able to quickly heal from disease and injuries without sufficient amounts of vitamin C, which you may find in abundance in Brussels sprouts.

Improve Bone Strength

A large variety of minerals, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and iron, are present in Brussels sprouts, all of which are required to create healthy bones and avoid the emergence of osteoporosis. A diet rich in Brussels sprouts may help you feel healthy and physically active, as you grow older. Brussels sprouts may also prevent bone mineral density loss.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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