Have You Heard of Cruciferous Vegetables?

You might be familiar with the vegetables that come under this name, such as kale and broccoli, but do you know what cruciferous actually refers to?This vegetable type is a group that is predominantly rich in fiber, folate and vitamin C.

Vegetables that are full of fiber are great for anyone who is looking to lose weight or maintain their existing weight as they make you feel fuller for longer. Fiber is also prefect for helping lower cholesterol and blood pressure; overall this helps to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

As for the benefit of introducing vitamin C into your diet, it isn’t only an antioxidant but it may also reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin C is also important in creating collagen – which is an important component of cartilage that aids joint flexibility. Having a diet that is rich in vitamin C therefore helps you to reduce your risk of arthritis and keeps you skin and hair looking healthy.

The likes of vitamin B also help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and can also help prevent memory loss. It also has numerous other benefits too, including being essential for healthy hair and follicles! There are numerous other benefits to introducing cruciferous vegetables into your diet and below we have listed a few of our favourites!

Broccoli
We love broccoli and so should you! It is a cruciferous vegetable that is beneficial for pretty much all conditions! As well as being a source of fiber, folate and vitamin B, it is also perfect for improving your overall heart health. With broccoli being high in fiber and low in calories it is also ideal for anyone looking to lose weight or control their existing weight. We could honestly write about the benefits of broccoli all day long, the only people who should perhaps watch out for it are those suffering from IBS, as they may experience some discomfort after eating it.

Brussels Sprouts
Hate them or love them, Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable that have many benefits! Unfortunately a lot of us are used to over cooking them and removing a lot of their nutrients. As well as being high in fiber, sprouts are also a great source of antioxidants, including vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin, which all help to maintain healthy eyes, skin and hair.

Bok Choy
This vegetable is a common fixture in a lot of Asian dishes and for good reason! It is a great source of calcium, making it ideal for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Bok Choy is also believed to help memory thanks to its phytochemicals. It is well worth introducing this kind of vegetable into your diet and it also adds a versatility and alternative vegetable type that a lot of us Brits tend to neglect in favour for more traditional choices. Once again it should be noted that sufferers of IBS might want to watch how much they consume of these cruciferous vegetables to avoid an upset stomach.