Cruciferous vegetables belong in the Brassica family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, and radishes. They are low calorie and nutrient dense being full of vitamin C, E, K, and fiber. They are a good source of phytonutrients and glucosinolates which are known to fight cancer and inflammation. These super veggies can help you break your fat loss plateau.
Hormonal Balance To Burn Fat
These vegetables help with hormonal balance because they are rich in a substance called DIM (diindolylmethane) which aids in liver detoxification as well as the elimination of mutated estrogen metabolites. When estrogen levels are high it causes more fat storage especially in the belly and chest. Eating these vegetables will help increase your ratio of testosterone to estrogen. The higher the ratio of testosterone levels will significantly aid in muscle growth and metabolism.
A review of research published in the October 1996 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association stated that 70% or more of the studies found a link between cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer. Sulforaphane can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells. Indole 3-carbinol and crambene are also suspected of activating detoxification enzymes. Animal experiments and studies show Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of cancer in several organs in rats and mice, including the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach
Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
Recent studies have shown that when eating a diet high of cruciferous vegetables are less likely to have type 2 diabetes than those that eat more refined grains. Cruciferous vegetables have carbohydrates, but will not spike insulin because they are full of insoluble and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps slow down your digestive tract which lowers your blood cholesterol and boosts more good bacteria in your gut. Insoluble fiber isn’t broken down by the gut and absorbed into the bloodstream. It adds bulk to waste in the digestive system, which helps keep you regular and prevent constipation.