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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

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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I am facing irregular periods because of which sometimes m unable to understand whether it is because of pregnancy or natural. And I also want to know after how many days shall I check to confirm that m pregnant or not what is the right time to check? As in last month because of pregnancy I have consumed medicine and my periods came on 21 but this month till now not come. After my periods I have intimated for 2 times without any precautions Before last month in normal it was on 28.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
take sepia 200 one dose puls 30 one dos per dy for wk kali br 12c one dos a day for 10 days aur mur na. 12c sam abov apis 12c sam abov conium 3c 3tims aday for 5 days diet for u cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts • greens, including red leaf lettuce and arugula • green and red peppers • beans and lentils • almonds • berries • sweet potatoes • winter squash • pumpkin inform me progres
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Mam my age is 24. I have pcod and thyroid. My thyroid levels are normal now. I am married. Trying to conceive. My LH level is25. My doctor prescribed me dronis30 for two months. I started dronis30 from 4th day of my period. The period was ended, but I saw very light bleeding only in urine from 6th day until today. Is it normal or any problem with dronis30. Please tell me when will it stop spotting.

BHMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Homeopath, Nagpur
The main cause of PCOD is hormonal imbalance. It profoundly affects woman's hormonal cycle, but don't worry PCOD can affects a female fertility only by 30%. So in our practice we have seen a complete and permanent balancing of hormonal cycle which is visible in terms of regular menstrual cycle and afterwards analyzing the other factor. We can work on all this factor. Hypothyroidism now a days is more an iodine deficiency disease, but it has become an autoimmune disease. In homoeopathy we give the medicine which makes the body generator ,an adequate thyroid level, so that gradually body resume it's original functionality which is visible through the thyroid level test time to time, and gradually you can get rid of your altroxin as well, and may be after sometime you can stop homoeopathy medicine as your thyroid level remains normal afterwards. Avoid cabbage, cauliflower, soya in food.

Dear sir / madam, I am female 29 years old & married my hemoglobin percentage is 8.3 I suffered a lot of leg n back pains & loss of too much blood at the time of periods I suffered irregular periods also I went to gynac she suggested me flexura d capsule is this enough r else I need to change my diet supplements I am looking for pregnancy also doctor said due to deficiency of hemoglobin it's difficult to get pregnant is this true please suggest me right diet n medicines.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
We'll cook in iron pot or vessel,,take amla juice daily,,take spinach daily,,take pomegranate daily,,take juice of wheat grass daily,,take green leaves of cauliflower,, with this u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur problem permanently,, only by proper symptomatic homoeopathic treatment can cure this

Popular Health Tips

Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Kidney Health - 6 Amazing Ways You Can Maintain It!

DM - Nephrology, DNB (Nephrology), MD, MBBS
Nephrologist, Delhi
Kidney Health - 6 Amazing Ways You Can Maintain It!

Kidney is a crucial detoxifying organ that performs a lot of functions including, absorption of minerals, filtration of blood and production of hormones and urine. It also helps your body to maintain a healthy PH level. Since kidney failure can prove to be fatal, it is essential to keep it healthy, to ensure smooth function of your system.

The following are the tips to ensure the health of your kidneys:

  1. Adequate intake of water: It is advised to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily, to help your kidneys function properly.  Adequate intake of water ensures that your body is able to flush out the harmful toxins at regular intervals.  However, in case if you are already suffering from kidney disease, this point is not applicable.
  2. Control your blood pressure and blood sugar level:  Diabetes is one of the major causes of kidney failure. It is recommended to control your blood sugar level on a regular basis to ensure healthy functioning of your kidney. People who have high level of blood sugar and blood pressure are more susceptible to suffer from kidney disorders.
  3. Quit tobacco: Accumulations of toxins in your body tend to have a harmful impact on not only your kidneys but also on your overall health. It is strictly recommended to quit smoking and using other forms of tobacco to protect your kidneys from damage. 
  4. Reduce weight:  Obesity and the problem of excessive body fat are harmful for your body in more than ways than one. Being overweight makes you more susceptible to develop kidney cancer. Therefore, it is advisable to lose a few kilos to ensure the proper functioning of your kidneys.
  5. Avoid intake of analgesics without prescription:  Most analgesics have the tendency to be harsh on your kidneys.  Ingestion of analgesics increases your risk of developing kidney cancer. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen are some of the analgesics, which are known to affect your kidneys in the long term. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid taking them without consulting a doctor.
  6. Include healthy food in your diet:  If you increase the intake of green vegetables in your diet, it will help your body to accelerate the process of detoxification.  Fruits and vegetables including watermelon, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, garlic and onions provide considerable aid in removing the toxins out of your system. However, in case if you are already suffering from kidney disease, this point is not applicable.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Symptoms!

MBBS,MD, DM
Gastroenterologist, Kolkata
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Symptoms!

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder, which generally affects the colon (large intestine). It usually show symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, gas and constipation. IBS is a long term condition. It can result in sudden mood swings, depression and thus holds you back from living your life to the fullest. IBS can be controlled by managing lifestyle, stress and managing your diet. Medication and counseling could also be required to manage IBS.

Symptoms of IBS:

  1. Immense cramping and pain.
  2. A feeling that your belly is bloated all the time
  3. Severe gas
  4. Alternating and sudden bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
  5. Presence of mucus in the feces.

When should you consult a doctor for IBS?

IBS is not a chronic disorder and can be controlled by home remedies. It may also require medical treatment if the symptoms become acute and persist for too long. If you experience certain symptoms like rectal bleeding, weight loss and heavy abdominal pain that might increase at night, you may be at a risk for colon cancer. If such symptoms persist, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Causes of IBS:

  1. Foods: Most people are susceptible to IBS if they consume foods like spices, fats, fruits, cabbage, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carbonated beverage, milk or alcohol. These foods irritate the lining of the stomach and trigger IBS. However, the trigger may vary from person to person.
  2. Stress: Signs and symptoms of IBS can also increase if you are very stressed out. Stress makes your muscles too worked up and this may result in IBS. However, you should know that stress aggravates or triggers the symptoms but doesn’t cause IBS.
  3. Hormones: Women are more likely to develop IBS. Fluctuations in the hormonal cycle can trigger IBS. This usually occurs around or during menstruation.
  4. Other illnesses - Sometimes illness such as gastroenteritis (infectious diarrhea) or bacterial overgrowth in the intestines can trigger symptoms of IBS.
  5. Age: You will be more likely to develop IBS if you are 45 years of age or above.
  6. Hereditary: People having a family history of IBS are more susceptible to develop IBS.
  7. Mental problems: Depression, personality disorder, anxiety and a history of sexual abuse can also trigger symptoms of IBS.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Keep Your Prostate Healthy?

MCH-Urology, M.S. (General Surgery) , MBBS
Urologist, Gurgaon
How To Keep Your Prostate Healthy?

The prostate gland, an essential part of the male reproductive system grows throughout your life. As you grow older, it becomes imperative to keep this organ healthy.

Here's what you can do to maintain a healthy prostate:

1. Workout to stay fit - Exercising regularly and maintaining an optimum weight can help to keep your prostate gland at an optimal health. Several types of research have revealed the beneficial aspects of exercising. It's said that physically active men are less likely to suffer from enlarged prostate if they performed a physical activity of low to moderate intensity. Likewise, physically active men who ran for 90 to 108 minutes are 20% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction.

2. Eat fruits and vegetables - Including fruits and vegetables in your diet can help to maintain a healthy prostate. Guava, papaya, tomato and watermelon are some of the options that spell good for your prostate. Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts should also be included to boost the health of the gland. Ideally, you should have about 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

3. Have more soy products - Eating more soy products like tofu, soy flour, soy nuts can help to keep cancer of the prostate at bay. A study published in the British Journal of Urology International revealed that men who had soy products saw a 40% decrease in their risk of developing an enlarged prostate.

4. Have selenium-rich foods - Having foods rich in selenium (a powerful trace mineral) like tuna, eggs, cashews, onions, garlic, etc can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer.

5. Say yes to healthy fats and no to trans and saturated fats - Choosing healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and olive oil can aid in boosting prostate health. At the same time, limiting saturated fats and trans fat intake are vital for keeping the prostate gland healthy.

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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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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