They belong to the group of foods called cruciferous vegetables which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, collards and kale just to name a few. Many studies have shown that these kinds of foods are some of the healthiest and nutrient dense foods. They are rich in a wide variety of antioxidants, carotenoids, B-complex vitamins, as well as, vitamins A, C and K. Here are some reasons why it should be added to your vegetable mix.
LOWERS PRESSURE - They are loaded with anti- oxidants and potassium vital to lowering blood pressure. Half cup contains 247 mg potassium. This helps to lower pressure by negating the effects of sodium. The anti-oxidants help reduce inflammation all over the body.
LOWERS CHOLESTEROL - It’s a double whammy so to speak. Research shows that it has bile acid binding properties. This means it sticks to cholesterol and guide it out of the digestive system so that it does not get absorbed into the blood stream.
STRENGTHENS BONES - Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for strong bones and Brussel sprouts are loaded with it. In only half cup you can get over 137% of your daily RDI of vitamin K.
SUPPORTS HEALTHY PREGNANCY - Rich in folate, vitamin B9 and iron, Brussel sprouts are healthy for pregnancy.
MANAGES BLOOD SUGAR AND DIABETES - They contain an anti- oxidant and omega-3 fatty acid called Alpha- Lipoic Acid. Research shows that it has benefits related to glycemic control, insulin sensitivity, oxidative stress and neuropathy in diabetic patients.
REDUCES CANCER RISK - Packed with lutein, beta- carotene, zeaxanthin and glucosinolates, all powerful compounds in the fight against cancer. Studies show that Brussel sprouts have the ability to reduce the risk of prostate, colorectal, lung, stomach, bladder, skin and breast cancer.
So just for its wonderful health benefits please add Brussel sprouts to your veggie lists. You will be glad you did.