OSU: Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables

Ohio State University is offering tips on the benefits of cruciferous vegetables. These cool weather veggies are especially popular during winter months.

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radishes, horseradish, wasabi, turnips, rutabaga, arugula, bok choi, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi and watercress.

Although there are many benefits to having a diet full of cruciferous veggies, the American Institute for Cancer has recently determined that these vegetables also decrease inflammation, which is associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease, suppress enzymes that are known to instigate carcinogens, and activate enzymes that denitrify carcinogens and decrease cancer cells’ spreadability.

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