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Cruciferous Vegetables

Posted on 7 June 2021
Cruciferous Vegetables
The cruciferous vegetables come from the genus Brassica, explaining why they are also known as brassicas. 

These vegetables are quite rich in fiber, folate, minerals, and vitamins C, K, and E. Some of these vegetables include:

Broccoli is considered a superfood in most households. It has become a favorite among most people due to its low calories and numerous health benefits. The nutritional value of one cup of broccoli (roughly 76 grams) is as shown below:

Calories- 24.3
Fiber- 1.82 g
Folate- 49.4 mcg
Vitamin K- 77.5 mcg
E 0.11 mg
A- 6.08 mcg
Calcium- 35 mg
Total carbs- 4.78 g
Potassium- 230 g

The nutritional chart above shows that broccoli is rich in numerous vitamins and minerals. Besides helping lower estrogen levels, this cruciferous vegetable can also help with the following:

Improve Bone Health: as depicted from the nutritional chart, broccoli is quite rich in calcium. Calcium and collagen work hand in hand to strengthen your bones.

Boost Immunity: the vitamin C in broccoli helps in preventing anemia, heart disease, cataracts, and cancer, and thereby boosting your immune health.

Improve Skin Health: Vitamin C in this vegetable produces collagen that prevents any skin damage, including wrinkles arising from aging.

Improve Digestion: the fiber acquired from consuming broccoli prevents constipation and helps in the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract.

There are numerous ways you can choose to cook your broccoli. You can boil or even steam it. Consult with your nutritionist on the healthiest method to avoid losing its vitamins and minerals.

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