Cruciferous or “cole crops” are vegetables of the mustard family. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi sprout from the wild cabbage, originating from Greece to the British isles. There are 4 main types of cauliflowers, the “Cheddar” yellow in color as the name indicates, “purple of sicily”, the Romanesco with its conical florets and the Snowball Y, most common white curd.
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BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM Cauliflower contains about 70% of the recommended daily-required intake of vitamin C, and is also a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamin K and B6, potassium, manganese, niacin, magnesium, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid amongst others.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY The presence of vitamins, beta carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid boost the body’s defense against free radicals.
Cauliflower is a great detox ally! It is packed with antioxidants that activate detoxification enzymes.
BRAIN HEALTH Cauliflower contains a good amount of choline found in vitamin B, responsible to improve brain development. It has been proven to improve cognitive function during pregnancy.
Cauliflower plays a role with memory, improving memory in general and reducing memory decline linked to ageing.
IMPROVE DIGESTION A good amount of dietary fiber and the presence of sulforaphane protect the lining of the stomach.
PROTECT FROM CANCER Control cancerous cells thanks to sulforaphane, a sulphur that has been proven to kill cancer stem cells, which slows down tumor growth.
-Curcumin and cauliflower prevent and treat prostate cancer.
- Sulforaphane reduces mammary tumors.
-Lab studies on rats has proven to inhibit the development of cancer on the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach.
HEART HEALTH Sulforaphane also found in other cruciferous vegetables improve blood pressure and improves the lining of arteries, especially if damaged.
GASTROINTESTINAL STRESS Too much cauliflower may cause gas and abdominal discomfort.