What cauliflower can do for you

cauliflowerIn the GreenAcres Market newsletter, we post the month’s produce deals with prices valid from the first of the month to the 15th, and then a second set of prices from the 15th to the last day of the month.

This month, you’ll notice that organic cauliflower is priced at $3.49 a head. We offer some of the cauliflower’s health benefits to acquaint you with the fact that veggies not only taste good, but they can directly affect your wellbeing.

(From Organicfacts. net) Among other things, Cauliflower:

-Improves cardiovascular health by helping to maintain proper functioning of the blood vessels.

-Prevents stomach disorders as a source of dietary fiber that aids in digestion and promotes the elimination of toxins from the body.

-Treats respiratory problems and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis caused by a virus that affects the vocal cords in the larynx, trachea, lungs and bronchi.

-Prevents cancer by providing healthy compounds such as sulforaphane and isothiocyanates that have chemopreventive and anti-estrogen effects that help in hampering the growth of cancer cells.

-Improves bone health in that it contains Vitamin C which plays an important role in the production of collagen that protects the joints and bones from inflammatory damage. Also, it contains vitamin K, which may help in preventing bone loss in both men and women.

-Discourages macular degeneration – The sulforaphane present in cauliflower protects the retinal tissues from damage caused by oxidative stress, and also prevents vision impairment, and various eye ailments such as cataracts.

-Aids in skin care – Sulforaphanes defend the body against inflammations, skin cancer, UV-induced erythema and cellular damage.

-Treats nervous disorders – Again the sufoaphanes play a key role in reducing the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. They activate the detoxification enzymes which elevate the glutathione level and help in treating neuronal injuries caused by inflammation and oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

-Maintains electrolyte balance as the potassium content in cauliflower helps the functioning of the nervous system in the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contractions.

-Boosts immunity – The presence of vitamin C inhibits various infections and strengthens the defense mechanisms of the body by hampering the growth of disease-causing inflammation.