Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why
11/1/2017 5:07:22 PM
|written By : Staff Reporter|
Mark Twain may have been cheeky about the cauliflower when he said, “A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education,” but the fact is that this vegetable is today being feted for its low calorific and high nutritive values.
Cauliflowers have been grown for several centuries and its ancestry is linked to the wild cabbage with similarities in appearance with kale or collards. It is generally believed to be native to the Mediterranean region, especially the north-eastern portion of this region in what is now the country of Turkey. Its history here dates back over 2,000 years.
After having undergone several transformations, it became popular in Europe in the 16th century and was taken to North America in the late 1600s. Cauliflowers were loved in the court of Louis XIV.
The English word cauliflower is likely derived from the Italian word cavolo fiore (cabbage flower or flowered cabbage).
Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in dietary fibre, folate, water, and vitamin C. Here are some valid reasons for you to consume this vegetable.
Fights 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. Combined with curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, it helps prevent and treat prostate cancer. Other compounds like sulforaphane, indoles and isothiocyanates protect against various forms of cancer.
Boost Heart Health: Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function. Scientists believe sulforaphane’s benefits are related to improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression, especially in the easily damaged inner lining of the arteries known as the endothelium.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cauliflower contains 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.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Eating cauliflower regularly is a simple way to get these much-needed nutrients into your body. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 per cent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fibre, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
Boosts Your Brain Health: Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a vitamin B known for its role in brain development. It is believed to boost cognitive function, and improve learning and memory. It may even diminish age-related memory decline and your brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood, as well as conferring protection later in life.
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.
Digestive Benefits: Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fibre for digestive health. It is a vegetable which has properties that can help protect the lining of your stomach by preventing bacterial overgrowth.
Combating Stress: Cauliflower has several antioxidants and phytonutrients, your body will be able to resist ageing caused by your everyday exposure to pollutants, chronic stress, and more. If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage.
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