The first thing that struck me about this name is the part of it which is capital of Belgium. So my inquisitive self, I went searching for the reson behind the name. And yes, I got it. The modern version of this vegetable we’re about to discuss was first cultivated in the 16th century at Brussels. 16th century, where you then? *smiles* It`s a vegetable I particularly find interesting because it has some jaw-dropping benefits. I got to know about it after some reading I did online about two years ago. I did not get to eat it until about four months after my discovery. I loved it immediately, and I even wrote a poem on it. We will, in this article, take a good look at this vegetable and its wonderful benefits. Let us spend some time discussing this amazingly lovely vegetable.
Brussels sprouts are a member of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables and are closely related to cauliflower, kale, and mustard greens. They have a long growing season from spring to fall, and they thrive in colder climates. These cruciferous vegetables which look like mini cabbages boast of high levels of many nutrients such as protein, fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K. There’s more to this fact-finding trip. Come along, let`s go to the deep end.
Now to the 10 Reasons…
Brussels Sprouts are High in Nutrients
They’re high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals but low in calories. Cool, isn’t it? They’re particularly rich in vitamin K, an essential for blood clotting and bone health. They do great too with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps promote iron absorption and immune function. Vitamin C does well in repairing tissues too. Have I told you about the high fiber content which helps support gut health? I should also mention that vitamins B6, iron, potassium, thiamine, phosphorus and magnesium are present in Brussels sprouts in small amounts. Wow! What a power-packed vegetable which is amazingly full of nutrients. You’re in love already? Wait, we have 9 reasons to go. Can you survive this love attack? Let`s see.
Protection against Cancer
Brussels sprouts contain a high level of antioxidant, — we’ll discuss this later — and it is believed that this is what makes it potent at the protection against cancer. Studies have shown that Brussels sprouts can protect anyone who consumes it against cancer-causing agents and prevent oxidative damage to cells. They even increase detoxification enzymes by 20-30%; this is fantastic. So Brussles sprouts do decrease the risk of cancer. This is confirmed. This love journey is getting more interesting.
They’re Rich in Antioxidants
It was mentioned earlier that Brussels sprouts are rich in antioxidants, hence their ability to protect against cancer-causing agents, yeah? Let’s look into this antioxidant matter more closely. Antioxidants, you may know, are compounds that reduce oxidative stress in your cells and help lower your risk of having chronic diseases. Brussels sprouts are particularly high in kaempferol, an antioxidant that reduces cancer cell growth, improves heart health, and eases inflammation. Reach out for Brussels sprouts and enjoy these amazing benefits. It really is big deal.
Fabulously Rich in Vitamin K
It is said that only 78 grams, that is, half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provide 137% of your daiky vitamin K requirement. Now, this is beyond awesome. Vitamin K plays significant roles in bone growth, protecting you against osteoporosis. What else? It is great for coagulation, ensuring that blood clots are well formed. Who else feels that even if we end this article at this point, they’re already inseparable from Brussles sprouts already? Well, we’re not stopping yet. Let’s strengthen the bond.
Abundant in Fiber
Relieveing constipation and generally promoting digestive health are key functions of dietary fiber. A good amount of fiber in your diet will do you some greatness. And hey! Brussels sprouts don’t only have a good amount of fiber, they are abundnant in fiber. How great! Fiber also reduces the risk of heart disease and does excellently in blood sugar control. I feel like writing a song on Brussels sprouts already. I feel an article may not suffice.
Vitamin C Isn’t Left Out
In each 78-gram serving, Brussles sprouts boast of supplying 81% of your daily need of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for the growth and repairs of tissues. It also acts as an antioxidant. It does beautifully in providing the needed proteins such as collagen which does the skin some great benefits. Vitamin C also boosts immunity.
They Contain ALA Omega-3 Fatty Acids
ALA is alpha-linolenic acid. It is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that’s more required by the body, and unfortunately, less consumed. It is different from omega-3 fat in seafoods. A steady consumption of Brussels sprouts will make your body thank you because ALA omega-3 will come your way.
Brussles Sprouts Reduce Inflammation
Antioxidants in Brussels sprouts helo neutralize the free radicals that cause inflammation.
Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Did you know that an increased intake of Brussles sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables brings about a decreased risk of diabetes?
Because Brussels sprouts contain fiber, absorption of sugar into the blood slows down when you consume Brussels sprouts. What else? alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant, has some effects on blood sugar and insulin. So fiber and antioxidants in Brussels sprouts keep your blood sugar levels stable.
They are Good for Healthy Eyesight
Have you got challenges with your eyesight? Brussels sprouts contain vitamin A, carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein which filter the light passing through the retina. This ultraviolet rays are harmful and can cause some damage to the eyes. Brussels sprouts always come to the rescue.
Side Effects of Brussels Sprouts
As much as we love Brussels sprouts, we`ve got to, sometimes, put up with some slight not-so-good manifestations of things we love.
Generally speaking, Brussels sprouts are safe to eat. Side effects occur mostly when the vegetable is overeaten. Let’s take a look at two of these side effects.
Overeating of Brussels sprouts can cause bloating, but this effect is observed in only a few cases.
Brussel sprouts should not be eaten when anticoagulants medicines are used, as they may result in the reduced efficacy of the anticoagulant medicines.
I don’t know how you feel right now, but I’m overwhelmed. I have still not got over the wonders of this vegetable. And I`m so in love with it. I told you you’d be in love with it, yeah? I was right! So for the love of Brussels sprouts and your health, add it to your casseroles, vegetable salads, snacks, and any food item, and enjoy eating your way to a healthier you. Just remember to wash them before cooking; it is also vital to remove the discolored and damaged leaves.
Do enjoy your new discovery. Be nice to share the good news with others. Tell them about it, and share this link with them. Together, let us achieve eating healthy meals for the benefit of our health. Brussels sprouts are to be loved, really.
Go Brussels sprouts, go Brussels sprouts!