Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Benefits of Cauliflower And Its Side Effects

Cauliflower helps to reduce risks of cancer, heart and brain disorders. It keeps your eyes in good shape, maintains hormonal balance, help you to lose weight and flushes out the toxins from your body. Moreover, cauliflower also protects your body from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, diabetes, colitis, respiratory problems and hypertension. Cauliflower contains antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system.

Benefits of Cauliflower And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cauliflower
Nutritional Value of Cauliflower
Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Fights cancer
Takes care of your heart
Improves overall health of your cardiovascular system
Prevents oxidative stress
Helps to detoxify your body
Helps prevent stomach disorders
Fights respiratory problems
Good for your bones
Good for your skin
Treats nervous disorders
Uses of Cauliflower
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cauliflower
Cultivation of Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cauliflower derives its name from Latin caulis which means cabbage with a flower. Like broccoli, kale and cabbage, cauliflower is a vegetable that belongs to the Brassicaceae family. The cauliflower has florets on its head which are also known as curd. They are tightly clustered and consist of immature flower buds attached to a central stalk. Cauliflowers are protected from the sunlight to prevent development of the chlorophyll pigment and over-maturity. This protect the flavor and softness of the cauliflower heads.

Nutritional Value of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is packed with a range of nutrients that is sure to provide you with a host of health benefits. One regular serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. It is also a good surce of Vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, manganese phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese. It is very low in fats and that comes from unsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains small amounts of natural sugars.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cauliflower
Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Fights cancer

Sulforaphane, a sulphur compound is present in cauliflower. They can kill cancer stem cells and, thereby, slow down tumor growth. Cauliflower also has isothiocyanates which have chemoprevntive and anti-estrogen effects that help to prohibit the growth of cancer cells. Consumption of this vegetable helps in the reduction of risks of various types of cancer like lung cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.

Takes care of your heart

Sulforaphane which is present in cauliflower helps to increase blood pressure and kidney function. It is believed by scientists that sulforaphane’s benefits are related to improved DNA methylation. This is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression, especially in the easily damaged inner lining of the arteries known as endothelium.Healthier arteries mean a better functioning heart.

Improves overall health of your cardiovascular system

Cauliflower contains glucoraphanine and Vitamin K which helps to maintain blood vessels and ensures healthy blood circulation. Glucoraphanine is converted into isothiocyanates that facilitates anti-inflammatory activities and prevent the accumulation of lipid in your blood vessels. This helps blood to flow unobstructed and reduces the risk of conditions like atherosclerosis and improves your cardiovascular health.

Prevents oxidative stress

Cauliflower, like other vegetables belonging to the category brassica, contains Vitamin C, manganese and other potent anti-oxidants which provide necessary nourishment to your body. It also contains phytochemicals which stimulate cancer-blocking enzymes and protect the body cells from the oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals.

Helps to detoxify your body

One of the health benefits of cauliflower is that it helps your body to detox. Thiocyanates and glucosinolates, along with enzymes are present in the florets of a cauliflower which help to neutralize toxic substances in the body. It also helps to avert or delay the onset of cancer.

Helps prevent stomach disorders

Cauliflower contains high fiber content that helps in digestion and facilitates the elimination of toxins from your body. Cauliflower contains glucosinolate, glucoraphanin and sulforaphane which protects the stomach lining and helps to resist the growth of Heliobacter pylori bacteria. Cauliflower also helps you to deal with various abdominal disorders like stomach ulcers and colon cancer due to the presence of dietary isothiocyanates.

Fights respiratory problems

Respiratory papillomatosis is caused by the human papilloma virus and it affects the vocal cords in the larynx, trachea, lungs and bronchi. Cauliflower helps to effectively deal with this as it contains indole-3-carbinol. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower helps to reduce the severity of respiratory papillomatosis.

Good for your bones

Including cabbage in your diet can be beneficial for your bones as it contains Vitamin C. This vitamin helps in the production of collagen that protects the bones and joints from inflammatory damage. Cabbage also has Vitamin K which prevents bone loss in men and women.

Good for your skin

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane that helps to protect the skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Sulforaphane also protects your body from inflammations, skin cancer, UV-induced erythema and cellular damage.

Treats nervous disorders

The progression of neurodegenerative diseases is halted by the sulforaphanes and indoles present in cauliflower. These compounds help to activate the detoxification enzymes, which elevates the level of glutathione and treats the neuronal injuries caused by inflammation and oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Uses of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that has a number of beneficial effects on your body. It helps to fight cancer and cardiovascular diseases and helps to keep your heart in good shape. It strengthens your immune system, improves health of your brain and also helps to prevent loss of bone in men and women. Moreover, consumption of cabbage helps reduce risks of abdominal cancer and also helps to protect your skin from harmful U-V rays.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cauliflower

There are a few side-effects of cauliflower consumption. It contains complex carbohydrates that do not get completely broken down in the digestive tract. These carbohydrates are fed upon by intestinal bacteria and can result in bloating and release of odorous gases. Cauliflowers contain purine and excessive consumption of this vegetable can lead to build-up of uric acid in your body. This can further lead to diseases like kidney-stones and gout. Cauliflower may trigger severe anaphylaxis which is a bodily allergic reaction to a substance. It is advisable for people on anticoagulants to consume cauliflower only on the advice of the doctor as it contains Vitamin K.

Cultivation of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is believed to be native to ancient Asia but it re-emerged in the Mediterranean region, Italy and Turkey in around 600 B.C. It received recognition in France and Northern Europe during the mid-16th century. Today, India, China, United States, Italy and France are the top producers of cauliflower around the world.

Cauliflower grows best in a moist and cool climate. Dry weather and low humidity are not suited for it.50 – 70 degree Fahrenheit temperature is required for good seed germination. Cauliflower can be harvested in a wide range of soil, provided that they have adequate moisture, good drainage and should also contain plenty of organic matter. Sandy loam soils are good for early crops while loam and clay loam are good for late crops.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.

I am 26 years old. From last 2 week I am suffering from itching problem on my right thigh and it becomes black and red. So please give me a advice wat to apply here.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Skin problems are associated with aggravated pitta. You must take a diet that is not hot in nature like don't eat heavy meals, avoid the consumption of brinjals, colocasia, rajma, chhole cauliflower. Don't take spicy food, tea, coffee. Take veg diet including fruits. Drink plenty of warm water. Take ayurvedic treatment. Also consume 4gm saunf after food. Apply coconut oil and camphor to the affected area.

My age is 37, Weight 60 kg. I have thyroid 100. Total cholesterol 315. Bad 169. Good 60. trigger 150. Doctor prescribed 100 mg thyronorm. Rosove f 10. Now control thyroid normal. Cholesterol 150. Good 60. Bad 130. Tryger 130. Why weight loss. Also taken vestiges supplement flexed oil vestiges calcium. Always regular morning and evening walking 1 hour. Can I stop medicines. Please advise. Can I take thyronorm 100 mg reduce 50 mg.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Hypo thyroidism ,often cause weight loss. If your thyroid level touches 100, of course you need to take 1 tab dly of 100 mcg. You should restric ,intake of Cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peanuts, linseed, pine nuts, millet, cassava, and mustard greens in your dietary regulation. Go for a.walk in the morning /evening for 40 mnts. Tk,  plenty of water to hydrate your body. Go for meditation to condition your thyroid gland. Your diet be non-irritant, easily digestible on time. Tk, care.
2 people found this helpful

I have scree allergy. The whole skin turns red and its looks patchy. If you touch or scratch it the skin swells. please give me helpful advice. Thank you.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Skin problems are associated with aggravated pitta. You must take a diet that is not hot in nature like don't eat heavy meals, avoid the consumption of brinjals, colocasia, rajma, chhole cauliflower. Don't take spicy food, tea, coffee. Take veg diet including fruits. Drink plenty of warm water. Take ayurvedic treatment. Also consume 4gm saunf after food.
1 person found this helpful

I was suffering for last 15 days very itching problem and I take a tablets monticope And refer to me a Dr. And not solved my problems, no itching control please help me Thank you

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), FCPS Paediatrics
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolhapur
Itching is may be because of many reasons like allergies, hormonal changes, endocrine problems after taking antihistamine if you don't get relief you should investigate properly.

Popular Health Tips

Cauliflower (Gobhi) - Are You Aware of These Benefits?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Post Graduate Diploma In Panchkarma Professional
Ayurveda, Nagpur
Cauliflower (Gobhi) - Are You Aware of These Benefits?

Cauliflower is a member of cancer-fighting (Cruciferous or Brassicaceae) family of vegetables, often overlooked by its green cousin broccoli.

Recent studies suggest that 'cruciferous' vegetables are an exceptional source of natural antioxidants because of their soaring levels of various phytochemicals. Besides, they are also rich suppliers of essential vitamins, fiber, minerals, soluble sugars, carotenoids, and phenolic compounds. In fact, it is believed that brassica vegetables are the biggest source of phenolic compounds in the human diet. 

With its excellent supply of high level of anti-inflammatory compounds, health-promoting phytochemicals, and ability to beat off heart disease, brain disease, cancer, and even weight gain- it looks there is nothing that cauliflower can’t do. Read more about its health benefits.

Top Health Benefits Of Cauliflower-

  1. Low in calories: Cauliflower does not amount to a high-calorie gain while imparting essential nutrients to the body. Cauliflower is rich in fiber that cleanses the digestive tracts, it also contains vital antioxidants like vitamins A, C and D and therefore, purifies your system from within. It is packed with anti-inflammatory properties, thus providing the required amount of energy without adding to the unwanted fats.
  2. Controls diabetes: Since cauliflower increases the protein intake of the body and averts the consumption of unrefined carbohydrates, it substantially reduces the chances of an insulin spike. Switching over to cauliflower helps in abetting dreaded diabetes, an ailment that afflicts a large section of the modern lives.
  3. Tasty to eat: Unlike most bland diet food like the spaghetti squash, cauliflower does not make you crib and crave for some buttery indulgences. When cooked with like couscous, it can be all light and fluffy, ideal for a side dish to curries. Whereas, when served in salads, raw cauliflower can be fairly toothsome and crunchy.

Adding to cauliflower's health benefits is its extreme versatility. You can use it in your cooking, add it to salads, or just eat it raw. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

6333 people found this helpful

Benefits of cauliflower

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
Benefits of cauliflower
Cauliflower

Health tip : Benefits of Cauliflower

General Physician (AM)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Chandigarh
Health tip :  Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.


Adding to cauliflower’s appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower can even be seasoned and mashed for a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”

8 Top Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Because of its beneficial effects on numerous aspects of health, cauliflower can easily be described as a superfood. Ten of its most impressive benefits follow:

1. Fight Cancer

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

For instance, research has shown that combining cauliflower with curcumin (the active compound in the spice turmeric) may help prevent and treat prostate cancer.1

A study published in Carcinogenesis also found sulforaphane may reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals.2 It also inhibits the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.


Other compounds in cauliflower also show anti-cancer effects. According to the National Cancer Institute:3

“Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of cancer in several organs in rats and mice, including the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach.”

2. Boost Heart Health

Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.4 Scientists believe sulforaphane’s benefits are related to improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression, especially in the easily damaged inner lining of the arteries known as the endothelium.

3. It’s Anti-Inflammatory

You need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy. However, it’s also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.


If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to significant inflammation-related damage to the body, a condition linked to cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

Cauliflower contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.5

4. It’s Rich in Vitamins and Minerals

Most Americans are seriously lacking in nutrients their body needs to function. Eating cauliflower regularly is a simple way to get these much-needed nutrients into your body. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.

5. Boost Your Brain Health

Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. Choline intake during pregnancy “super-charged” the brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it may boost cognitive function, and improve learning and memory. It may even diminish age-related memory decline and your brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood, as well as conferring protection later in life.6

6. Detoxification Support

Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify in multiple ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. The glucosinolates in cauliflower also activate detoxification enzymes.7

7. Digestive Benefits

Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health. But that’s not all. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods:8

“Researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall.”

8. Antioxidants and Phytonutrients Galore

Eating cauliflower is like winning the antioxidant and phytonutrient lottery. It’s packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more. Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS).

As long as you have these important micronutrients, your body will be able to resist aging caused by your everyday exposure to pollutants, chronic stress, and more. If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage.

Cauliflower Is Only One Type of Cruciferous Veggie

If cauliflower isn’t your favorite vegetable, don’t worry. You can get many of these same benefits by eating other members of the cruciferous vegetable family. Broccoli is one of them, but there are others too, including:

Broccoli
Turnips
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Bok choy
Chinese cabbage
Arugula
Collard greens
Horseradish
Kale
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Mustard greens
Rutabaga
Wasabi
Daikon
Watercress
The more vegetables you eat from this list the better, as each offers unique and wonderful benefits to your health. For instance, just one cup of kale contains over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A, the equivalent of over 200% of the daily value. Cabbage, meanwhile, is rich in vitamin K1 and B vitamins, which many are deficient in, and has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers and offers benefits to digestion. Additionally:9

100 calories’ worth of cruciferous vegetables can provide you with up to 40 percent of your daily fiber requirement
Cruciferous vegetables contain protein, as much as 25 percent of the daily value in three cups
Cruciferous vegetables, especially kale and collard greens, provide high amounts of vitamin K, which may have benefits for fighting cancer and inflammation

Dr. Varinder Singh Chandhok
49 people found this helpful

Table of Content

Cauliflower
Nutritional Value of Cauliflower
Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Fights cancer
Takes care of your heart
Improves overall health of your cardiovascular system
Prevents oxidative stress
Helps to detoxify your body
Helps prevent stomach disorders
Fights respiratory problems
Good for your bones
Good for your skin
Treats nervous disorders
Uses of Cauliflower
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cauliflower
Cultivation of Cauliflower