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Benefits of Rutabaga And Its Side Effects

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Benefits of Rutabaga And Its Side Effects

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Rutabaga
Nutritional Value of Rutabaga
Health Benefits of Rutabaga
Helps to Prevent Cancer
Delays the Process of Ageing
Aids Digestion
Lowers Blood Pressure
Prevents Osteoporosis and Bone Weakness
Prevents Diabetes
Effective Weight Loss
Promotes Proper Enzymatic Function
Boosts Immune System
Helps to improve eyesight.
Helps to reduce colorectal cancer
Helps to promote the production of red blood cells
Uses of Rutabaga
Side-Effects & Allergies of Rutabaga
Cultivation of Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Rutabaga is known by several different names. Rutabaga is a more commonly used North American name. The rutabaga is more of a root vegetable, which is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. While the roots of this plant are meant for human consumption and prepared in a number of ways, the leaves can also be put to use as feed for livestock. The vegetable is primarily winter food and is popular in a large number of countries. The may be added to casseroles, soups, pastries or as an addition to other meals and gravies. It can be eaten together with other accompaniments, as a whole meal or can be eaten as a side dish.

Nutritional Value of Rutabaga

Rutabaga is known to contain high amounts of beta-carotene. Rutabaga is also a rich source of potassium, manganese, calcium and magnesium. It also contains high amounts of fiber, vitamin B6 and thiamine, required for the smooth functioning of the body systems. It also contains Vitamins E,K and C in sufficient amounts along with iron and zinc content. Rutabagas also provide carotenoids. The vegetable is known to provide a number of health benefits, while also effectively treating a number of diseases.

Health Benefits of Rutabaga

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

Helps to Prevent Cancer

The composition of Rutabaga involves a diverse range of antioxidants, that promotes healthy cell functioning and acts as a preventive measure against cancer cells. It contains glucosinolates, which is known to effectively combat tumours and other malignant growth in the body. It also helps to reduce and prevent any toxic effect of free radicals in the body.

Delays the Process of Ageing

Rutabaga helps in the generation of healthy cells, thereby slowing down the process of ageing. It also helps to maintain good eyesight.

Aids Digestion

The high amounts of fibers helps to regularise bowel movements. The nutrients in Rutabaga also helps to improve the metabolism of the body. It is also known to prevent constipation and other gastrointestinal distress in the body. It is a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in essential nutrients. The consumption of this vegetable promotes weight loss.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Rutabaga contains large amounts of potassium, which is essential in preventing unnecessary contraction and blockage of the blood vessels, that can lead to a stroke. It increases oxygen supply in the vital organs that can maintain proper fuctioning of the body system. Potassium also helps to reduce cholesterol levels. It can therefore prevent heart attacks, atheroscleresis or thrombosis.

Prevents Osteoporosis and Bone Weakness

Rutabaga is known to be rich in the minerals zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. These minerals play a major role in the maintenence and strengthening of bones. They also help in the creation of bone tissue, eventually preventing wearing away of the bones, especially in middle aged and older people.

Prevents Diabetes

Rutabagas are alternatives to potatoes, especially for diabetic patients who would like to avoid the carbs. Therefore this vegetable can be eaten without worrying about fluctuating sugar level in the blood.

Effective Weight Loss

Rutabagas do not contain high calories, empty calories or high amounts of carbohydrates. It is rich in fibers that prevents overeating, regularises the bowel movements and keeps the stomach full for a longer period of time.

Promotes Proper Enzymatic Function

Zinc is of utmost necessity for the regulation of proper enzymatic functions in the body. Without the proper enzymatic functions, our vital organs would eventually become ineffecient. Rutabaga is known to contain high amounts of zinc and is therefore an important part of our diet.

Boosts Immune System

Rutabaga is known to strengthen the immune system of the body, thereby preventing diseases and infections to a large extent.

Helps to improve eyesight.

Rutabaga, being rich in nutrients, minerals and vitamins helps to improve weakening eyesight due to age or other factors.

Helps to reduce colorectal cancer

Rutabaga is rich in antioxidants and reduces the harmful effects of free radicals by promoting healthy cell division. Therefore, it helps to prevent the growth of malignant cells and tumours in the body.

Helps to promote the production of red blood cells

Abundance of Vitamin B9, or folate promotes breakdown of protein cells, that helps in the production of red blood cells and cell division. These are also necessary for the development of the nervous system.

Uses of Rutabaga

Rutabaga contains abundant nutrients, minerals that are necessary for the smooth functioning of the body systems.Rutabaga is used to treat a number of diseases and deficiencies. It can alternately be used as nutritious feed for the livestock, especially in winter.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Rutabaga

As of now, there are no known side effects or allergies caused by the consumption of Rutabaga. However, in case of any sign of an allergy such as skin rashes, inflammation, watering eyes etc, it is best to consult the doctor as soon as possible. However, due to a high content of raffinose, which is a complex sugar, there may be chances of certain abdominal discomforts like bloating, gastric pain etc.

Cultivation of Rutabaga

Rutabaga is a root vegetable, commonly called 'swede' in most parts of the world. In North America, however, it goes by the name Rutabaga. It is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage, and can be cooked in several ways. The roots and tops of the vegetable which are usually discarded during cooking, can be fed as winter feed to the cattle. It is also known to be a popular forage crop at one time. Rutabaga is known by different names in different parts of the world.

Popular Questions & Answers

I.have a thyroid in very low position it is o.o3. and I lose my weight also have dry skin .please suggest me tablet for it .or any other suggestion.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi. Hypothyroidism can control with diet and medicines. Pl. Eat iodized rich foods i.e. Sea foods/ salt water fish/sushi/ nori rolls/celtic sea salt. Selenium rish foods i.e. Meat /chicken/ salmon/ whole unrefined grains/ brazil nuts / dairy products / garlic / onion. Avoid foods i.e. Turnip/ kale/ cassava/ peanuts/ cauliflower/ rutabagas/ coffee/ spinach / soyabean products/ foods with gluten/ mustard green/ mustard. You can also consult us. And also take package for thyroid.
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I need a dietician .who can help me to find out what exactly do I need to eat as I'm having thyroid and I. Post delivery phaSe. Thank you in advance Kindly suggest.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Dietary tips to avoid hypothyroidism. 2. Cook goitrogenic foods: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cassava root, horseradish, kale, millet, mustard, mustard greens, peaches, pears, radishes, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach, and turnips. Here's what to eat (and why) to improve your thyroid function: Cruciferous vegetables. Eat them raw, cooked or juiced. Brazil nuts. These are the richest dietary source of selenium, which is essential in converting thyroxine to its active form, T3. Sea vegetables. Chlorophyll..Maca. No gluten. No soy protein isolate.

I had recently got my thyroid function test done. It shows fT3 and fT4 are normal but ultrasensitive TSH is high i.e. 5.23 uIU/ml. What does it mean?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi. Lybrate user. Hypothyroidism can control with diet and medicines. Pl. Eat iodized rich foods i. E. Sea foods/ salt water fish/sushi/ nori rolls/celtic sea salt. Selenium rish foods i. E. Meat /chicken/ salmon/ whole unrefined grains/ brazil nuts / dairy products / garlic / onion / avoid foods i. E. Turnip/ kale/ cassava/ peanuts/ cauliflower/ rutabagas/ coffee/ spinach / soyabean products/ foods with gluten/ mustard green/ mustard. You can also consult us. And also take package for thyroid thanks.
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I use to take thyrox 50 for my overactive thyroid. Now my tsh is 4.33, should I continue taking the medicine?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Lybrate-user, your tsh level of 4.03 milli units/l is good, shows hypothyroidism is in good control. There is no need to reduce the dose, because on treatment to achieve good control tsh should be between 3 to 4 milli units. In addition continue to follow a proper restricted diet avoiding foods that affect thyroxine action ; like soy beans, soy containing products and cabbage, cauliflower, radish, broccoli, peanuts, mustard and coffee. Plus use whole grain flours for roti and chapati. Consume good deal of green leafy vegetables and fruits. Always use iodinated salt. Check tsh values once in 6 months or so. Thanks.
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Which hair oil and shampoo is good for hairfall, I am hypothyroid and its in normal range , taking eltroxin 100 mcg daily. Hairfall is severe, dandruff is very minimal. I am applying coconut oil and use lo'real shampoo (total repair5- white bottle). Should I continue the ame or should you change.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Lybrate-user, to reduce or stop hair fall tsh level has to come down to about 3 to 4 milli units/l. If level is higher than this, then hair fall may not stop. So please check what is the current tsh level. Rest of the things like using a shampoo and various oils etc is really of no consequence. If dandruff is more you may use some anti fungal scalp lotion along with shampoos. But most important is the tsh level. Thanks.
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Popular Health Tips

Health Tips For Thyroid Health!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

Thyroid is an important endocrine gland which is located in the neck. It produces triiodothyronine and thyroxine hormones which are known as t3 and t4 respectively. Iodine is necessary for the production of these hormones. These hormones are necessary for the proper working of our body. They increase the cholesterol, fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Common problems of the thyroid gland are over activity or hyperthyroidism and under activity or hypothyroidism. The important causes of thyroid disorders are graves’ disease and hashimoto’s disease. Enlargement of the thyroid gland is known as goiter.

Foods for hyperthyroidism

When the thyroid gland starts producing excessive hormones, it is known as hyperthyroidism. This has various symptoms like increased heart rate, sudden weight loss, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, bulging eyes, sensitivity to heat and sweating, goiter etc. Hyperthyroidism can be controlled by using certain particular foods.

1. Foods belonging to brassica family
Consume foods like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peanuts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, turnips, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach etc which contains goitrogens.
• goitrogens helps to block the ability of thyroid to use iodine and hence slows down the activity of the thyroid.
• eat raw cruciferous vegetables to get maximum benefit as goitrogens are active in the raw state.

2. Include more berries
Add at least one serving of berries in your diet plan to control hyperthyroidism.
• blueberries, raspberries, strawberries contain anti-oxidants which improves your immune system.

3. Omega -3- fatty acid and proteins
Omega -3- fatty acid helps to control the hyper stimulated thyroid gland. Proteins are necessary for the building of muscles and to provide energy for the body. Protein sources also contain l-glutamine which helps in rebuilding the gut and de-inflaming the body.
• eat cold water fish, flaxseed oil and nuts to get the omega-3-fatty acid necessary for the body.
• include soy, turkey, walnuts, salmon, tuna and trout in your hyperthyroidism diet.

4. Dairy products
Hyperactivity of the thyroid gland can remove the calcium from your blood. The body compensates this loss by leaching calcium from the bones. This can cause osteoporosis.
• include three servings of yoghurt, cheese, milk or cottage cheese in your daily diet. 

5. Spinach and collard greens
If you are allergic to dairy products, you can get your daily supply of calcium from vegetable sources like spinach collard greens etc.
• figs, prunes and sesame seeds are also excellent hyperthyroidism foods.

6. Zinc
This is another vital component of hyperthyroidism diet. The hyperactive thyroid gland can deplete the zinc.
• include almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, peanuts which are rich in zinc in your diet.

7. Fiber rich foods and anti inflammatory foods
Fiber rich foods are beneficial for the proper working of the thyroid gland. Anti inflammatory herbs help to reduce the inflammation of the thyroid which is the reason for hyperthyroidism.
• include whole grain foods, like oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice etc in your food.
• the anti inflammatory herbs to be included in your diet are turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon and oregano.

8. Antioxidant rich foods and vitamin d
It is also necessary to consume antioxidants and vitamin d rich foods in the diet. This will reduce the oxidative stress caused by hyperthyroidism. Vitamin d can reduce the inflammation and auto- immune reactions of the body.
• avocados, olive oil broccoli etc contain antioxidants.
• salmon is a good source of vitamin d. You can get your daily dose of vitamin d from eggs, mushrooms etc.
• spend 20- 30 minutes in the sun to get the necessary vitamin d for the body.

9. Cassava, sorghum, and millet
These food items contain cyanogenic glucosides which blocks the iodine availability of the gland.
• these foods increase the immune function and gives protection from osteoporosis

10. Vitamin c and vitamin e
These vitamins are helpful in reducing the oxidative stress caused by the hyperactivity of thyroid glands.
• all the citrus fruits are rich in vitamin c.
• bell peppers, olive oil, wheat etc are a good source of vitamin e.

Foods for hypothyroidism
Underactive thyroid gland releases too little hormones. This condition is known as hypothyroidism. The symptoms include unusual weight gain, feeling cold even on warm days, lethargy and fatigue, puffiness of the face, constipation, depression constipation, dry skin, goiter etc. This is a lifelong condition however the impact of hypothyroidism can be controlled using appropriate diet. Changing the diet and lifestyle prevents the flares of symptoms which could disrupt your daily activities.

1. Iodine rich foods
Make sure that you consume a diet that is rich in iodine. Some of the most common foods that you can think about that is rich in iodine are:
• seaweeds and sea foods
• salt water fish
• nori rolls
• sushi
Be certain to use iodized salt while preparing food as it is found to be very effective for hypothyroidism.

2. Bananas
One of the most commonly found fruits are bananas. Try to include bananas in your daily diet as it is a good food for hypothyroidism.
• take at least two to three bananas a day. Make sure that you eat ripe bananas.
• you can also at times consume a banana milkshake that is prepared with low fat or skimmed milk.

3. Water
One of the best known remedies to treat all kinds of disorders as well as hypothyroidism is pure drinking water.
• make sure that you drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
• water will help to flush out all toxins in your body.
• it will also prevent you from getting dehydrated so that your body does not store more fat and hence you do not gain excess weight.

4. Eating more fruits and vegetables
Try to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will help you to stay healthy and is highly recommended to prevent hypothyroidism.
• it would be better for you to choose a complete veg. Meal plan full of greens and vegetables one or two days in a week.
• you also need to follow a strict fruit plan diet for a day in a week to fight hypothyroidism.

5. Selenium rich foods
Going for foods that are rich in selenium will help in fighting hypothyroidism.
• make sure to make onions and dairy products as part of your daily diet.
• you also need to occasionally include chicken, salmon, tuna and meat in your daily diet. Try to use one product a day.
• it is important for you to use a lot of garlic in your food preparation.
• brazil nuts as well as whole unrefined grains also help in fighting hypothyroidism and you need to take them at least once a week.

6. High fiber diet
It is important for you to take a high fiber diet so that you do not gain weight that easily and this will help to prevent hypothyroidism.
• add beans, oatmeal and whole wheat to your daily diet to improve your bowel movement and to reduce the cholesterol levels in your body.
• make sure that you only consume brown rice and not white rice in any form when you suffer from hypothyroidism.

7. Green tea
One of the best foods known to treat hypothyroidism is green tea. It has antioxidants and will help in reducing body weight.
• it is ideal for you to include green tea in your daily diet and try to skip other drinks like coffee and black tea.
• it would be ideal for you to consume thee to four cups of hot green tea to increase body metabolism and to burn fat.

8. Tyrosine rich foods
One of the best methods to increase the production of thyroid hormones in your body is to consume foods that are rich in tyrosine.
• fish
• lentils
• lean meat
• soy products
• almonds
• bananas
• avocados

9. Coconut oil
Take coconut oil cooked food will help in improving the production of thyroid hormone and will help in preventing hypothyroidism.
• add a tablespoon of coconut oil in your diet every day.
• it helps in increasing metabolism and is also an emery booster.
• make sure that you consume it in moderation depending on your age and lifestyle and structure of your body.

10. Vitamin a, zinc and copper foods

It is ideal for you to consume vitamin a, zinc and copper rich foods in order to increase the production of thyroid hormones in your body.

Vitamin a rich foods
• yellow vegetables
• carrots
• dark vegetables
• eggs

Zinc and copper foods

• lean beef
• dried beans
• spinach
• seeds and nuts
• yeast
• legumes
• oatmeal
• raisins
• organ meats that are range free.

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Foods For Hyperthyroidism

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Foods For Hyperthyroidism

1. Foods Belonging to Brassica Family:
Consume foods like cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peanuts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, turnips, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach etc which contains goitrogens.
• Goitrogens helps to block the ability of thyroid to use iodine and hence slows down the activity of the thyroid.
• Eat raw cruciferous vegetables to get maximum benefit as goitrogens are active in the raw state.

2. Include More Berries:
Add at least one serving of berries in your diet plan to control hyperthyroidism.
• Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries contain anti-oxidants which improves your immune system.

3. Omega-3 fatty Acid and Proteins:
Omega -3- fatty acid helps to control the hyper stimulated thyroid gland. Proteins are necessary for the building of muscles and to provide energy for the body. Protein sources also contain l-glutamine which helps in rebuilding the gut and de-inflaming the body.
• Eat cold water fish, flax seed oil and nuts to get the omega-3-fatty acid necessary for the body.
• Include soy, turkey, walnuts, salmon, tuna and trout in your hyperthyroidism diet.

 

4. Dairy Products:
Hyperactivity of the thyroid gland can remove the calcium from your blood. The body compensates this loss by leaching calcium from the bones. This can cause osteoporosis.
• Include three servings of yoghurt, cheese, milk or cottage cheese in your daily diet.

5. Spinach and Collard Greens:
If you are allergic to dairy products, you can get your daily supply of calcium from vegetable sources like spinach collard greens etc.
• Figs, prunes and sesame seeds are also excellent hyperthyroidism foods.

6. Zinc:
This is another vital component of hyperthyroidism diet. The hyperactive thyroid gland can deplete the zinc.
• Include almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, peanuts which are rich in zinc in your diet.

7. Fiber Rich Foods and Anti Inflammatory Foods:
Fiber rich foods are beneficial for the proper working of the thyroid gland. Anti inflammatory herbs help to reduce the inflammation of the thyroid which is the reason for hyperthyroidism.
• Include whole grain foods, like oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice etc in your food.
• The anti inflammatory herbs to be included in your diet are turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon and oregano.

8. Antioxidant Rich Foods and Vitamin D:
It is also necessary to consume antioxidants and vitamin d rich foods in the diet. This will reduce the oxidative stress caused by hyperthyroidism. Vitamin D can reduce the inflammation and auto- immune reactions of the body.
• Avocados, olive oil broccoli etc contain antioxidants.
• Salmon is a good source of vitamin D. You can get your daily dose of vitamin D from eggs, mushrooms etc.
• Spend 20-30 minutes in the sun to get the necessary vitamin D for the body.

9. Cassava, Sorghum, and Millet
These food items contain cyanogenic glucosides which blocks the iodine availability of the gland.
• These foods increase the immune function and gives protection from osteoporosis

10. Vitamin C and Vitamin E
These vitamins are helpful in reducing the oxidative stress caused by the hyperactivity of thyroid glands.
• All the citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C.
• Bell peppers, olive oil, wheat etc are a good source of vitamin E.

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M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Foods For Hyperthyroidism

1. Foods Belonging To Brassica Family
Consume Foods like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, peanuts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, turnips, rutabagas, soybeans, spinach etc which contains goitrogens.
• Goitrogens helps to block the ability of thyroid to use iodine and hence slows down the activity of the thyroid.
• Eat raw cruciferous vegetables to get maximum benefit as goitrogens are active in the raw state.

2. Include More Berries
Add at least one serving of berries in your diet plan to control hyperthyroidism.
• Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries contain anti-oxidants which improves your immune system.

3. Omega -3- Fatty Acid And Proteins

Omega -3- fatty acid helps to control the hyper stimulated thyroid gland. Proteins are necessary for the building of muscles and to provide energy for the body. Protein sources also contain L-glutamine which helps in rebuilding the gut and de-inflaming the body.
• Eat cold water fish, flax seed oil and nuts to get the omega-3-fatty acid necessary for the body.
• Include soy, turkey, walnuts, salmon, tuna and trout in your hyperthyroidism diet.

4. Dairy Products

Hyperactivity of the thyroid gland can remove the calcium from your blood. The body compensates this loss by leaching calcium from the bones. This can cause osteoporosis.
• Include three servings of yoghurt, cheese, milk or cottage cheese in your daily diet.



5. Spinach And Collard Greens

If you are allergic to dairy products, you can get your daily supply of calcium from vegetable sources like spinach collard greens etc.
• Figs, prunes and sesame seeds are also excellent hyperthyroidism foods.

6. Zinc

This is another vital component of hyperthyroidism diet. The hyperactive thyroid gland can deplete the zinc.
• Include almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, peanuts which are rich in Zinc in your diet.

7. Fiber Rich Foods And Anti Inflammatory Foods

Fiber rich foods are beneficial for the proper working of the thyroid gland. Anti inflammatory herbs help to reduce the inflammation of the thyroid which is the reason for hyperthyroidism.
• Include whole grain foods, like oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown rice etc in your food.
• The anti inflammatory herbs to be included in your diet are turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon and oregano.

8. Antioxidant Rich Foods And Vitamin D

It is also necessary to consume antioxidants and vitamin D rich foods in the diet. This will reduce the oxidative stress caused by hyperthyroidism. Vitamin D can reduce the inflammation and auto- immune reactions of the body.
• Avocados, olive oil broccoli etc contain antioxidants.
• Salmon is a good source of vitamin D. You can get your daily dose of vitamin D from eggs, mushrooms etc.
• Spend 20- 30 minutes in the sun to get the necessary vitamin D for the body.

9. Cassava, Sorghum, And Millet

These food items contain cyanogenic glucosides which blocks the iodine availability of the gland.
• These foods increase the immune function and gives protection from osteoporosis

10. Vitamin C And Vitamin E

These vitamins are helpful in reducing the oxidative stress caused by the hyperactivity of thyroid glands.
• All the citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C.
• Bell peppers, olive oil, wheat etc are a good source of vitamin E.
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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
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Table of Content

Rutabaga
Nutritional Value of Rutabaga
Health Benefits of Rutabaga
Helps to Prevent Cancer
Delays the Process of Ageing
Aids Digestion
Lowers Blood Pressure
Prevents Osteoporosis and Bone Weakness
Prevents Diabetes
Effective Weight Loss
Promotes Proper Enzymatic Function
Boosts Immune System
Helps to improve eyesight.
Helps to reduce colorectal cancer
Helps to promote the production of red blood cells
Uses of Rutabaga
Side-Effects & Allergies of Rutabaga
Cultivation of Rutabaga