Understanding Cruciferous Vegetables

Understanding Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables have emerged as the best natural sources of plant-based superfoods that provide a myriad of health benefits. These vegetables are specifically revered for their ability to support gut health and improve digestion. 

Cruciferous vegetables possess a wide range of nutrients and bioactive compounds that play a role in enhancing the process of digestion while protecting the gut tissues against inflammation, oxidative stress, and other disease-causing agents. 

What are Cruciferous Vegetables?

Cruciferous vegetables refer to a diverse group of plants, each providing strong flavors that add a unique taste and texture to the dishes. These vegetables have gained immense popularity in recent years owing to the results of the studies that have proven their digestion-boosting and cancer-fighting properties. [1]

Some of the common cruciferous vegetables that are widely cultivated across most parts of the world include:

  • Arugula

  • Bok choy

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Cauliflower

  • Kale

  • Radish

  • Turnips

Other than these, there are several other vegetables and herbs like milk thistle, pumpkin, tomato, saw palmetto, beetroot, collard greens, asparagus, parsley, garlic, and turmeric that further support the medicinal potential of cruciferous vegetables and enhance the gut health further. 



[1]Reviewed by Mahammad Juber, MD, Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables, November 28, 2022

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