6 Reasons You Should Eat Your Brassica Every Day

 
 
 
 

6 Reasons You Should Eat Your Brassica Every Day

Before you even think about eating brassica, you probably want to know a bit more about it, such as: What is it?

Brassica is a group of plants in the mustard family, commonly referred to as cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables include:

• Cabbage
• Broccoli
• Rutabaga
• Turnip
• Kale
• Collard greens
• Cauliflower
• Brussels sprouts
• Mustard greens and seeds

While all vegetables provide a bounty of healthy benefits to the body, the veggies in the brassica family go above and beyond. They are sometimes referred to as “superfoods” for the amazing things they can do when it comes to your health.

Consider adding brassica to your lunch each day for these 6 reasons.

1. Healthy eyes. Cruciferous vegetables contain carotenoids that support eye health. They can protect the retina, the area where the lens focus light that enters the eye, from UV radiation. Carotenoids can also prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration.

2. Healthy inflammatory system. When you injury any part of your body, the inflammatory system kicks in to increase blood flow and send healing compounds to the affected region. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamin K and Omega 3 fatty acids, which play a major role in regulating the inflammatory system and keeping it running smoothly.

3. Healthy cardiovascular system. Studies show that a chemical found in brassica called sulforaphane can help reduce inflammation in the arterial walls. It has been shown to lower high blood pressure and protect the heart from oxidative stress. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables can also lower the risk of ischemic stroke in some patients.

4. Healthy cells. All members in the brassica family are high in antioxidants. This means that they have the power to fight free radical damage to cells. They can reduce oxidative stress that can lead to long-term diseases. The antioxidants and enzymes found in brassica are effective at treating and preventing certain cancers such as stomach, bladder, breast, colon, and pancreatic.

5. Healthy gut. Stomach ulcers are frequently caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Too much of this bacteria can also lead to gastric cancer. A daily intake of cruciferous vegetables has the power to virtually eliminate the colonization of this bacteria from the stomach. These vegetables can also assist with healthy liver function.

6. Healthy mind. Cruciferous vegetables play a significant role in relieving the symptoms of depression by regulating the hypothalamus. Some studies show advancements in Alzheimer’s prevention as the antioxidant enzymes in brassica can improve tissue detoxification and function, which are key factors in Alzheimer’s progression.

Your mother probably told you to eat your vegetables every day, and as it turns out, she was right. Make her proud by picking up one of our delicious brassica-filled soups for lunch today. It’s the easiest way to get on the road to good health.

Come on into our Soup Studio in Agoura Hills and try any of our soups including squash and our new ramen. If you’re not juicing you should be souping.

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