Cruciferous vegetables are extremely good for you as they’re rich in antioxidants, some include cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and similar green leafy vegetables.
It is a very broad, diverse group of vegetables. The most distinctive characteristics of this family are they have a chemical compound that gives off a sulphate aroma when you overcook them. If you remember back to Christmas time when your brussels sprouts are boiling in the pan, and you can smell that unique aroma around the house, that is one of the main unique characteristics of Cruciferous Vegetables.
They got their name from the Latin word crucifix, because when the flowers bloom from all of these vegetables, they bloom in the shape of a cross.
Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are amazing for your health, the first benefit would be is how low calorie all the cruciferous veggies are. They are rich in folate, which is a B vitamin, alongside being rich in vitamin C, E and K. High and very rich in fibre, which makes you feel fuller, so you don’t eat so much, they can also help regulate your blood sugar.
Cruciferous vegetables offer us the best of two worlds, significantly approving our ability to reduce toxins within our body, alongside decreasing inflammation in our respiratory system.
How Cruciferous Vegetables Detoxify
The ‘Cruciferous Detox Effect’ relates to the science of poisons within the body, a book called ‘Toxicology, The Basic Science Of Poisons’ states that ‘most chemicals that product systemic toxicity do not cause a similar degree of toxicity in all organs, instead they usually elicit their major toxicity in one of two organs’.
Your body has the ability, through the liver and enzymes to get rid of these toxins and poisons that come into the body, but how?
Our liver detoxifies chemicals, the enzymes in the liver turn poisons into water. This is where cruciferous vegetables come in, they enhance the process of the enzymes in your liver, converting poisons and toxins into water soluble and eliminating them from the body.
Sulforaphane in Cruciferous Vegetables
Sulforaphane is the main ingredients in cruciferous vegetables, which helps to protect your brain, and eyesight from toxins within the body. To get the benefit of this ingredient from the vegetable what you must do is add a pinch of dry mustard powder, the two of them work together to release the sulforaphane in the best possible way. By adding mustard powder to raw cruciferous vegetables, it is believed that you can get the most out of the nutrients from the veggies this way.
Different Cruciferous Vegetables
In case you wondering what cruciferous vegetables are, we’ve listed out the most popular ones for you (including one which is in our very own V8 Juice!) Enjoy!
- Brussel Sprout
- Bok choy
- Kohlrabi Rutabaga
- Curly kale
- Savoy Cabbage
- Romanesco Broccoli
- Chinese Broccoli
- Brassica Carinata
- Collard greens
- Garden cress
Best Ways to Consume More Cruciferous Vegetables
There are many ways you can get more crucifers veggies into your diet, including:
- Cruciferous based soups
- Drinking V8 Juice
- Roasting cruciferous vegetables
- Stews or casseroles with cruciferous vegetables