Health Benefits of Cauliflower


cauliflower 2Cauliflower should be a part of our diets at least 2-3 times per week. Even though cauliflower is not one of the more studied vegetables, it has shown great promise. Cauliflower should not be over cooked. This will cause it to lose much of it’s flavor and nutrients.

One cup of lightly steamed cauliflower has (the percent is the FDA’s daily value):

 vitamin C 73% vitamin K 19% folate 14%

pantothenic acid 13% vitamin B6 12%

choline 11% fiber 11% omega-3 fats 9%cauliflower

manganese 8% phosphorus 6%

biotin 5% potassium 5% vitamin B2 5%

protein 5% vitamin B1 4%

magnesium 3% vitamin B3 3%

Cauliflower has over 80 nutrients and is known for it’s cancer fighting properties. Studies show that cauliflower helps prevent ovarian, breast, bladder, colon, and prostate cancer. It helps support the body’s three main cancer fighting systems:

  • antioxidant system
  • the anti-inflammatory and inflammatory system
  • the body’s detox system.

cauliflower 1If we don’t give our body’s the detox support it needs while we continue to breath, eat and drink things containing toxins, we open ourselves to toxin related diseases. Cauliflower is one such food that will help our body detoxify itself.

It has over 8 phytonutrients which helps the antioxidant system. These nutrients along with its high amount of vitamin C, helps the body ward off colds and flu’s. Vitamin K is a direct regulator of inflammatory response. Cauliflower has good amounts of vitamin K.

It also provides cardiovascular protection with it’s vitamin K content as well as omega 3. It does this by keeping inflammation down in the arteries and heart muscle. Cauliflower has a fiber content of 9 grams for every 100 calories. This means that cauliflower is a great help in digestioncauliflower 3.

Fiber not only helps you feel fuller quicker and longer, but also helps your body remove waste material.
Losing weight means eating less calories than you burn. Fiber helps prevent over eating by making you feel full when you haven’t eaten a lot. Fiber rich foods are essential in losing weight properly.

Cauliflower is key in that department. Just add 1-2 cups of cauliflower to you diet 3-4 times per week. You will be glad you did as your body reaps the benefits of that decision.

 

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