According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, several laboratory studies have shown that cruciferous veggies have the ability to halt the growth of cancer in animals, including tumors of the breast, endometrium, cervix, lung, colon and liver. This protective benefit is likely why Shanghai researchers discovered that breast cancer survivors who eat more cruciferous vegetables have improved survival rates.
Brussels sprouts may also help you fend off aches and pains. A natural compound they pack called sulforaphane blocks enzymes that trigger joint destruction in osteoarthritis. And as a green vegetable, Brussels sprouts are a potent immune supporter. A study published in the journal Cell found that greens of all varieties release a chemical signal that ensures that immune cells function properly. Another found that gobbling up one and a quarter cups of Brussels sprouts daily improved the stability of white blood cell DNA.
Nutrient-wise, Brussels sprouts pack quite a punch for just 60 calories per cup cooked, including 15% of your daily fiber needs, and over 500 mg of potassium—more than a medium banana. This key mineral acts as a natural diuretic, to lower blood pressure and combat bloat. Potassium has also been shown to preserve muscle mass, in addition to helping nerves and muscles function properly, making this winter wonder essential sustenance for athletes—weekend warriors and pros alike.
Spanish : Col de Bruselas
French : Choux de Bruxelles
German : Rosenkohl
Italian : Cavoletti di Bruxelles
Danish : Rosenkål
Swedish : Brysselkål
Czech : Kapusta růžičková
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