Cauliflower is often overlooked in flavor of its green cousin, broccoli, but they’re both cruciferous vegetables which should be eaten regularly for a healthy diet. (1) It is widely believed that cauliflower is a great tool in the prevention of cancer and the vegetable has been linked to many forms of the disease, including bowel and colon, as a prevention. (2)
Cruciferous vegetables have natural ingredients that fight cancers
Vegetables that belong to the cruciferous family are abundant in sulforaphane (SFN), which have been found to inhibit certain cancers, so group of researchers from Rutgers University set out to study this further. They conducted a study on a specific bred strain of mice that carry a certain mutation gene that suppress tumors. When this gene is inactivated, it appears that mice developed polyps leading to cancer. (3)
In this study, two groups of mice were supplemented with SFN. One group received about 300 parts per million (ppm) of SFN, while the other group received 600 ppm. Lead researcher, Ah-Ng Tony Kong, says, “Our results clearly demonstrated that those mice fed with an SFN-supplemented diet developed significantly fewer and smaller tumors.” (3)
At the end of three weeks, the average number of polyps in the mice’s small intestine decreased. Mice receiving the 300 ppm experienced a 25% reduction, while mice receiving the 600 ppm experienced a 47% reduction. This was compared to the control animals that did not receive any SFN supplements. (3)
“Our results showed that SFN produced its cancer preventive effects in the mice by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and inhibiting proliferation of the tumors; however, it was not clear what mechanism SFN employs to accomplish this,” Kong said. (3)
Other health benefits of cauliflower
Aside from having amazing cancer-fighting properties, cauliflower boost heart-health and brain-health, contain anti-inflammatory components, is rich in vitamins and minerals, supports detoxification, promotes healthy digestion, and have excellent antioxidants and phytonutrients! (1)
Even though it doesn’t look like the most exciting of vegetables, cauliflower is actually packed full of vitamins and minerals. One serving will provide you with 77g of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and is a great source of fiber and important folate vitamins – eat cauliflowers raw to retain all these fantastic goodies. (1,4)
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