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Cauliflower’s Remarkable Health Benefits

Don’t be fooled: cauliflower may be a white vegetable, but that certainly doesn’t indicate a lack of nutritional value. Discover the health benefits of cauliflower, plus how to buy, store, and prepare it.

Cauliflower is actually considered one of the top 30 power food vegetables. This is because it has many health benefits such as preventing cancer, protecting the eyes, and even helps with weight loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index have verified cauliflower’s health benefits.

8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAULIFLOWER

1. Prevents Breast Cancer

A number of studies have shown that cauliflower is very helpful in preventing breast cancer.

2. Prevents other Types of Cancer

Brassica vegetables reduce the risk of lung, stomach, colon and rectal cancer. The Brassica family includes cabbage, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

3. Helps with Weight Loss

Cauliflower is exceptionally low in calories (29 calories per cup), has no fat, and is very low in carbs and sugar. It is full of fiber, making it a very filling food. An increase in eating non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower was found to be linked to weight loss.

4. Good for Digestion and Detoxing

Adding of cruciferous vegetables to your diet can support your gut’s good bacteria. We need good bacteria for digestion. Also, cruciferous vegetables are beneficial for detoxification because of their rich supply of sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates, which support proper nutrient absorption and toxin and waste removal.

5. Prevents Prostate Cancer

Cauliflower and turmeric both help prevent prostate cancer, according to research at the Rutgers University in New Jersey.

6. Supports Healthy Blood and Bones

This vegetable is high in vitamin K, which is necessary for clot formation. If you’re deficient in vitamin K, you will bleed too much after an injury. Also, vitamin K is important for the development of bones, and a lack of vitamin K increases your risk of osteoporosis. One cup of chopped cauliflower contains 16.6 mcg of vitamin K.

7. Protect the Skin From UV Damage

The sulforaphane in cauliflower is helpful in protecting the skin against the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation, according to research studies.

8. Good for Eye Health

Cauliflower has sulforaphane in it which has been found to protect the sensitive tissues in the eyes from oxidative stress that can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness.

NOTES ABOUT CAULIFLOWER AND YOUR HEALTH

Thyroid Concerns

Research has shown that a very large quantity of cruciferous vegetables will cause hypothyroidism, and this risk only exists for those who have an iodine deficiency.  In a study, it was found that those who ate 5 oz a day of cooked Brussel sprouts for four weeks had no adverse effects on thyroid function.

If you do have a known thyroid problem, eat cruciferous vegetables that have been cooked and keep them to no more than 1-2 servings daily.

Digestive Problems Including Gas

Often people find it difficult to digest raw cruciferous vegetables. Simply cooking them usually relieves that, because the carbohydrates in these vegetables are not able to get broken down completely in the digestive tract.

Kidney Stones or Gout

Cruciferous vegetables contain purines, which can sometimes break down to form uric acid in the urine. Those who have kidney stones and gout, speak with your doctor before eating large amounts of cauliflower.  Usually, small amounts are not a problem.

CAULIFLOWER NUTRITION

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. Also, 1 cup only has 29 calories.

GETTING THE BEST CAULIFLOWER

Look for creamy white, tightly packed clusters that are not separated. If it is a dull color or spotted, do not purchase. The best heads are surrounded by several thick green leaves and it’s not about size but the quality. There are many types of cauliflower (orange, purple, yellow, and green) and they are all still very nutritious.

HOW TO STORE

Make sure you use the cauliflower within three to seven days after purchasing to be certain its nutrients are all still complete. Store it with the stem side down to stop moisture from developing in the floret clusters.

TIPS FOR PREPARING CAULIFLOWER

It is best to steam the cauliflower as it improves the bile acid binding it and may be healthier than eating it raw.  You can eat the leaves and stems which are great for a soup stock.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cauliflowers-remarkable-health-benefits.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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