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Cauliflower and its 10 surprising detox effects

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Cauliflower is full of nutrients, but did you know that it can also play a major role in the detoxification of your body? Here are the many detox effects of cauliflower.

Cauliflower facilitates the detoxification process

It makes detoxification easy
It’s true! We said it. Detoxification can actually be done smoothly. Thanks to this exceptional and nutritious food that is cauliflower, a detox can be practically an exercise of indulgence. Cauliflower can turn into a host of foods you want. Do you cut dairy products? Make a creamy Alfredo sauce with cauliflower. You cut the rice? Replace with cauliflower. You want to take a break in your detox to order a pizza? Before succumbing to temptation, prepare a cauliflower pizza dough recipe instead.

In fact, detoxification should not be synonymous with deprivation. And that, we owe it to the cauliflower. So, make sure you have enough in your kitchen.

Cauliflower reduces the risk of contracting cancer

Cauliflower and its cruciferous cousin, broccoli, naturally contain an ingredient that can reduce the risk of certain cancers . This compound, sulforaphane, has been shown not only to prevent certain cancers caused by carcinogens, but also to fight cancers of genetic origin.

The preventive virtues of cauliflower

Cauliflower  prevents the damage of carcinogens
When one wants to detoxify, it is mainly to rid his body of toxins. Cauliflower plays a major role in this because it can prevent the damage caused by carcinogens. This vegetable contains glucosinolates, the compounds that produce the unique smell of raw cauliflower. Glucosinolates have also been shown to protect the lungs and stomach against common carcinogens.

Cauliflower with antioxidants

It is full of antioxidants
The antioxidants are known to protect your body from disease by counteracting free radicals that can damage cells. These wonderful chemicals are found naturally in fruits and vegetables, and cauliflower is an important source.

Not only is the cauliflower packed with vitamins C, K and B6, but it’s also full of good nutrients like choline, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. A treat for your cells!

Cauliflower increases the detox properties of spices

Cauliflower boosts the detoxifying power of some spices
If you’re looking for an excuse to make a spicy cauliflower dish, here is a good one: studies have shown that turmeric is “important in cancer prevention”. It is even more so when mixed with a natural substance called phenethyl isothiocyanate. This substance, whose name is impossible to pronounce, is found in abundance in cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower. So, the next time you make a cauliflower dish, make sure you sprinkle turmeric on it to get a high-detox meal.

Cauliflower: a great vegetarian option

A Perfect Substitute for Meat
When it comes to detox, red meat (just like sugar, processed foods and dairy products) should be at the top of the list of foods to cut from your diet. But do not despair! Cauliflower can be an amazing substitute for meat because it can be used for all your food cravings. Who wants “wings” of cauliflower?

Cauliflower and anti-inflammatory properties

It helps fight inflammation
Proper detox should play an important role against chronic inflammation of your body, whether caused by stress, lack of sleep or diet.

Cauliflower should be at the top of your diet list to fight inflammation with detoxification. It is an excellent source of vitamin K that regulates inflammatory reactions. In fact, studies have shown that it can help prevent heart disease and osteoarthritis, two diseases characterized by inflammation.

Cauliflower is a good source of fiber

Healthy digestion is an essential condition for initiating a detox cure. Fortunately, cauliflower is rich in fiber, which is the most natural way to cleanse your body. Regular consumption of cauliflower provides good intestinal transit and contributes to weight loss.

Cauliflower provides little carbohydrate

When it comes to detoxification, you have to forget carbohydrates. This should make cauliflower your best friend for life. Indeed, this cruciferous vegetable low in carbohydrates can replace foods such as bread, rice, pizza dough and many others, which are very carbohydrate. By decreasing your carbohydrate intake, you will feel lighter and healthier. Your organization will thank you.

Cauliflower as a shield to cancer cells

It can prevent cancer recurrence or spread
You have not forgotten this compound with the sophisticated name, phenethyl isothiocyanate? Well, he performs feats like, for example, killing cancer cells.

When researchers treated cervical cancer stem cells with phenethyl isothiocyanate, 75% died in less than 24 hours. It’s all a fighting ability for a single little ingredient.

Dr. Kanika Singla

Ph.D., IARI Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley

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