Tiny Vegetable Packs Knockout Punch To Disease
Brussels sprouts are an old-time favorite. And for good reason. They are not only tasty. They’re also jam-packed with powerful nutrition. Research shows that Brussels sprouts can improve natural detoxification, reduce inflammation, and even reduce cancer risk!
Unfortunately, many of us never learned the right way to cook and enjoy these delectable treats. So too many men associate Brussels sprouts with overcooked mush. Yet when cooked correctly, they have a wonderful texture and taste.
Read on and I’m going to give you tips for why you should be eating more of this nutritional powerhouse. And I’ll also give you tips for how to do so that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
First, let’s talk about the Brussels sprout’s nutritional power. Not only are Brussels sprouts low-calorie (only 56 per cup of cooked sprouts), they contain the following:
- fiber - I’ve shared with you before about the many health benefits of natural dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables. It helps to lower bad cholesterol, increase immunity, and control blood sugar.
- choline - Choline is incredibly important for brain and liver health - two organs you want to take care of.
- B vitamins - For nerve and energy health, you need your Bs, and Brussels sprouts are a great choice.
- potassium - Remember, you need lots of potassium from natural sources (supplements can be dangerous). Potassium supports blood pressure health and gives you energy, among other things.
Plus, they contain more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin K1 (which helps with blood clotting) and vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. If you’re hungry, they’ll fill you up, because they’ve got protein too.
Moreover, they also contain little known but still important compounds such as kaempferol, isorhamnetin, caffeic, and ferulic acids, and a sulfur-containing compound known as D3T. These nutrients and others protect your body against many types of disease.
Skip the Juice Cleanse
Juice cleanses are a popular fad these days, but in addition to being expensive and time-consuming, juice cleanses can be dangerous. Ironically, they don’t cleanse at all. Instead, they can actually impair your body’s natural detoxification powers.
Ideally, you should help your body detoxify itself on a daily basis, and eating veggies like Brussels sprouts can help you do that.
The same sulfur that sometimes makes overcooked Brussels sprouts smell bad also hugely benefits your body. Brussels sprouts assist in both phases of detoxification. Phase 1 is when your body breaks toxins down into smaller particles. Phase 2 is when the body ferries those toxic particles into the waste disposal systems to eliminate them. The compounds in Brussels sprouts assist with each stage in different ways, so eating them frequently is a great health-boosting move.
Other cruciferous veggies, or those in the mustard family, have the same power. Vary Brussels sprouts with broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, bok choy, arugula, kale, watercress, and radishes, among others to get this same detoxification benefit.
Inflammation can be helpful to the body as the primary means of repairing damaged tissue. We rely on it heavily to stay healthy and whole. Inflammation for the purpose of healing a wound or recovering from infection is known as acute. However, inflammation is another matter when it becomes chronic or excessive.
Excess inflammation is linked to a wide range of diseases. These include things like asthma and allergies which decrease one’s quality of life. They also include life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. When the body is chronically inflamed, it may attack itself rather than harmful pathogens.
Fortunately, Brussels sprouts perform valuable anti-inflammatory services. They limit the body’s inflammatory response, lowering the chances of life-threatening disease. And they take action early. By stopping the inflammatory response before it even gets going, they reduce the chances of fatal disease even further.
Lower Cancer Risk
Cancer kills 7.6 million people each year. More than 4 million of these die prematurely. That means, aside from cancer, they were still healthy. Brussels sprouts may play a helpful role in lowering cancer risk.
A compound called Indole-3-carbinol may be particularly helpful. Out-of-control cell division is what causes cancer. Because this compound can help regulate the splitting of cells, it can slow down or even halt cancerous growths. Research on cancer has found that it is hard to stop the uncontrolled cancer growth without harming healthy cells. Brussels sprouts may provide a partial answer, possibly even triggering cancerous cells to kill themselves off.
Research implicates Brussels sprouts in the prevention of colon cancer and other forms of the disease. Eating Brussels sprouts daily can even reduce your DNA damage. Since this can be a precursor to cancer, it’s a good idea indeed.
Get More Sprouts in Life
In order to reap all these benefits, of course, it’s important to start actually including Brussels sprouts in your diet. If the egg-like smell of overcooked Brussels sprouts turns your stomach, never fear. Below you’ll find a few recipes that will help you rediscover how delicious these vegetables can be.
- Steam Brussels sprouts lightly, then toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. These are good hot, room temperature, or cold, and make a great snack on their own due to the protein component.
- Sauté Brussels sprouts in olive oil or butter, then sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top when you take them off the stove. This works with whole sprouts, but works even better with those that have been cut in half.
- Fry a few strips of bacon in a pan, then pour the fat and strips over a large pan of Brussels sprouts and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Toss with a little salt and pepper.
If you want to get the most from Brussels sprouts, as well as avoid the noxious smell of sulfur caused by overcooking, sauté or bake only until sprouts are bright green and still crunchy. Once they’re mushy and yellowing, they’re not nearly as beneficial or appealing, so take them off the heat before then.
Try these recipes and form positive associations with Brussels sprouts. Not only can they be delicious when properly cooked, they’re excellent for lifelong health.