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Sep 18

Food for Thought- Crazy for Cauliflower- First in a Series

This is first in the series “Food for Thought”

Be CRAZY about CAULIFLOWER! Cauliflower has numerous health benefits!

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family just like broccoli. This super veggie contains an impressive variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds that plants produce for their protection. Plant phytonutrients also have benefits for us and may aide in disease prevention.

Studies have shown that this super food is also a brain food! Yes, a BRAIN food! Ever hear of choline? Well, choline is a B vitamin that is known for its role in brain development. Interesting… cauliflower does resemble the brain… It also helps to improve learning and memory as well as cognitive function. Let’s see memory…learning…cognitive function… college education…it all goes hand in hand! Cauliflower may also help in reducing age-related memory decline and in protecting the brain from toxins.

 

Sulforaphane and isothiocynates… yes, they are a mouthful…are cancer fighting compounds! Sulforaphane also helps to improve blood pressure and kidney function. Cauliflower also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Remember that chronic inflammation is the cornerstone of most disease!

 

Looking for a good source of dietary fiber! Choose cauliflower! It may also protect the lining of your stomach. So eat it roasted, or mashed, boiled or baked, it a wise veggie choice! Remember that eating a veggie rich diet can help protect you from heart disease, dementia, arthritis, stroke, and cancer. It may even slow the aging process. Eating more fresh veggies is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your health. So start munching and start crunching on cauliflower!

Cauliflower is power packed with vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Some of these nutrients can even help you to adapt to stress such as the B vitamins, potassium, and folate.

So don’t pass over… cauliflower! Include it in your diet, today!

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