Veggie Champs

Cruciferous?

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Remember this scene from The Office? Michael Scott might have actually been on to something 😂Here’s why...

This Wellness Wednesday is all about cruciferous vegetables 🥦🥬🥦 Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, bok choy, cabbage, kale, turnips, the list goes on...What’s so special about these?

Cruciferous veggies are powerhouses of the vegetable world 💪 They have these lil sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates that trigger antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses in the body 💥💥💥 as well as keep our cells in homeostasis...aka - balanced ⚖️ and happy 😃 

One compound called indole-3-carbinol deserves a shoutout. This naturally occurring compound in these vegs converts to DIM in the body. DIM - a phytochemical - has been shown to help our body get rid of carcinogens and toxins and *may* help lower the risk of hormone-dependent cancers by keeping our estrogen in check ✅

Moral of the story - when you’re choosing your vegetables, don’t forget about these champs. Eat ‘em raw, roast them up, steam away, whatever ya gotta do. Your body will thank you for it 🙏