Cauliflower is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat as it is not starchy like potatoes and it can make a great side dish that is low in fat and rich with antioxidants, it is a delicious flower vegetable that you should start including in your diet, however you shouldn’t cook cauliflower for more than five minutes as overcooking can diminish some of its nutritional values. Below is presented seven of the health benefits of cauliflower.
7- It Has Powerful Antioxidants.
This delicious flower vegetable is rich with vitamin C and manganese which both are considered powerful antioxidants, a serving of one cup of cauliflower contain 54 mg of vitamin C while the daily recommended intake is 75 mg for women and 1000 for men, and 0.34 g of manganese. But other than vitamin C and manganese cauliflower also contain other antioxidants properties such as beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, caffiec acid, quercetin, cinnamic acid and rutin. All these properties work to protect our bodies against the free radicals that can cause many types of cancers and various diseases.
6- It Has Antiinflammatory Properties.
Cauliflower contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K that both work as antiinflammatory, a serving of one cup of boiled cauliflower contain 0.21 g of omega 3 and 11.17 mcg of vitamin K. Make sure to include cauliflower in your regular diet to protect your body against inflammatory diseases like arthritis, ulcerative colitis, obesity, diabetes mellitus and bowel diseases.
5- It Has Detoxification Properties.
Cauliflower contain glucosinolates which contain sulfur and they are responsible for giving cauliflower its punget taste and smell, they work as excellent detoxifying properties to clean the body off of the toxins that we get in contact in our daily lives, after broccoli cauliflower comes as the second richest vegetable with glucosinates.
4- Reduce The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases.
With its powerful antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties beside its content of allicin, cauliflower help reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
3- Improve The Digestion.
Cauliflower is rich with dietary fibers 3.35 mg per a cup which make cauliflower improve in many ways the digestive system functionality, the dietary fibers play an important role in cleaning up the digestive system and making the stool move faster and easier through the intestines.
2- It Protect Against Hypertension.
Cauliflower contain potassium which help in balancing the harmful effect of sodium like in dietary salt and protect against hypertension, it also maintain proper hydration of the body and improve the functionality of the body systems.
1- Prevent Against Cancer.
Cauliflower contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol which have been shown to have the ability to fight the growth of cancer cells and particularly cervical cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon and ovarian cancer