The Health Benefits of Cauliflower
By Sara Butler
Cauliflower has become a popular vegetable lately. You can find it in pizza crusts and cereal, even as a replacement for rice in your favorite stir-fry. While some people may be surprised at just how popular cauliflower has become, it comes as no surprise to many that this white vegetable is worth putting on a pedestal. Here are a few of the reasons you may want to jump on the cauliflower bandwagon.
It's Packed with Nutrients
You may look at cauliflower and wonder what it has to offer. No doubt it's quite unassuming as a white vegetable, a color often thought of as something to avoid when it comes to food. But cauliflower is full of Vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and Vitamin B. That makes it a great addition to any well-rounded diet.
It Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Inflammation is not good for your body, especially over a long period of time. Including cauliflower in your diet can help to calm inflammation due to abundant bioactive compounds. It's also rich in antioxidants to help protect your cells, helping to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
It's Good for Cardiovascular System
Cruciferous vegetables, the family to which cauliflower belongs, have been found to help reduce your risk of heart disease. They contain substances that naturally protect the blood vessels throughout your body and reduce inflammation to help keep your heart healthier. Studies have even found that women who eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of hardening of the arteries.
It Keeps You Young
There have been some studies that have shown cauliflower to help slow the process of aging. It turns out that there are natural substances in this vegetable that influence the way your genes work, protecting your central nervous system and brain from cognitive decline as you age.
It's Full of Fiber
Cauliflower is also full of fiber which helps to support digestive health and a healthy gut. That can contribute to a healthier immune system and a better mood too. The only thing to be on the lookout for with this vegetable is if you have irritable bowls syndrome. In that case, it might irritate your stomach and cause distress.
Don't shy away from cauliflower. Instead, embrace it for your health and try something new!
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