What are the benefits of eating cruciferous vegetables?

Dr. Will Clower, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels spouts are among the best weapons against cancer, says Dr. Will Clower, founder of Mediterranean Wellness. To learn how cruciferous vegetables battle cancer, watch this video.

Liz Weber, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, provides a number of benefits, including the following:

  • Although nutrient and phytochemical properties vary among cruciferous vegetables, glucosinolates, compounds shown to be protective against a number of diseases, are found in all cruciferous vegetables.
  • Cruciferous vegetables are a great source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, folate and vitamins C and K.
  • Cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of colorectal, mouth, pharynx, larynx and lung cancer.
  • They may also decrease inflammation and slow cancer cell growth.

Quick tips: To retain the most nutrients, steam, microwave, stir-fry or saute cruciferous vegetables instead of boiling. For extra cancer-fighting properties, combine more than one cruciferous vegetable to make a delicious side dish!

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts have the following benefits:

  • They protect against cancer.
  • Brussels sprouts are also potent anti-agers rich in vitamin C, which helps build collagen and fight off free radicals.

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Bok choy is just one example from the cruciferous vegetable group. But you can also toss broccoli, turnip greens, kale, cauliflower and napa cabbage into your wok. They're full of antioxidants, vitamins and other protective phytochemicals, which are probably responsible for the life-extending effects observed in the study. The potential bonus of cruciferous vegetables, though? Their sulforaphane—an isothiocyanate with supreme antioxidant powers, the kind that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

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