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Cauliflower Is a Cancer Killer

Updated on April 17, 2019
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Srikanth is passionate about helping people stay healthy. He believes that consuming nutritious food is the key to a long and healthy life.

Cauliflower Combats Cancer

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Cauliflower Is a Superfood

In One Cup (~ 124 g) Of Cooked Cauliflower
Vitamin C
54.93 mg
Vitamin K
17.11 mcg
54.56 mcg
Pantothenic acid
0.63 mg
Vitamin B6
0.21 mg
48.48 mg
2.68 g
Omega - 3 fats
0.21 g
0.16 mg
39.68 mg
1.61 mcg
176.08 mg
Vitamin B2
0.06 mg
2.28 g
Vitamin B1
0.05 mg
Vitamin B3
0.51 mg
11.16 mg

Cauliflower Is Good for Health

Many research studies suggest that foods many of us buy on a regular basis have as many health benefits as some of the more well-known superfoods, and it appears it is finally time for the humble cauliflower to shine.

Cauliflower Belongs to the Brassicaceae Family.

Cauliflower is a popular vegetable which belongs to the Brassicaceae family. Usually the head of this vegetable is used while cooking. It can be roasted, boiled, fried, steamed or even consumed raw. Italian, Northwest European biennial, Northern European annual and Asian are four types of cauliflower.

Cauliflower is the big boy making all the noise. Roasted florets are gorgeous; a whole roasted head of cauliflower is a revelation, sweet and nutty with tones of nutmeg.

— Diana Henry

Cauliflowers are Available in Different Colors

Cauliflowers are available in various colors like white, orange, green and purple. This amazing vegetable is low in fat, but high in essential nutrients like vitamin C, dietary fiber and folate.

Cauliflower Is a Healthy Addition to Any Diet

One serving of this wonderful vegetable makes up around 73 percent of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake. It contains nearly zero grams of sugar and sodium. No wonder nutritionists and other experts in the field of medicine have been singing cauliflower's praises for years.

What we eat and what we drink and what we don’t eat can be contributed to a number of avoidable cancers.

— Sandy Sotnick, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition.

Cauliflower Prevents Cancer

This wonderful vegetable has immense health benefits. Many studies have proved that cauliflower prevents cancer. Broccoli cauliflower cancer study is well-known.

Sulforaphone in Cauliflower Prevents Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer

Research studies conducted by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at the Oregon State University have discovered that sulforaphone in cauliflowers helps prevent breast and prostate cancer. Sulforaphone (an organosulphur compound) is found in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli.

One Dutch study reported that women who ate plenty of cruciferous vegetables had a reduced risk of colon cancer.

An analysis of a nurses’ study found that women who ate more than five servings a week of cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of lung cancer.

Sulforaphone is a HDAC Inhibitor

Sulforaphone is a HDAC (histone deacetylase) inhibitor. Emily Ho, a principal investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute says, "It is important to demonstrate that sulforaphone is safe if we propose to use in cancer prevention or therapies.

Sulforaphone Destroys Cancer Cells

Just because a phytochemical or nutrient is found in food doesn't always mean its safe, and a lot can also depend on the form or levels consumed. But this does appear to be a phytochemical that can selectively kill cancer cells, and that's always what you look for in cancer therapies".

Emily Ho is also the study's lead author. To the question "Does cauliflower stop prostate cancer?", many experts reply with the answer "Yes". Some experts say cabbage broccoli and cauliflower cure cancer.


Study Was Published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

The research details are available in the journal "Molecular Nutrition and Food Research". It was supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


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Men Who Consume Cauliflower Twice Weekly Decrease Their Chances of Developing Prostate Cancer by 52 Percent

Another research study conducted in 2007 discovered that a diet rich in vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Research scientists at the US National Cancer Institute in Maryland tracked 29,000 men over a 4-year period, monitoring their eating habits and regularly screening them for signs of prostate cancer.

By the end of the study they discovered that the men who consumed cauliflower two times a week decrease their chances of developing prostate cancer by 52 percent.

"Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and mustard greens are all cruciferous vegetables (and yes, there are more). We recommend that men with prostate cancer eat 1 serving or ½ cup of cruciferous vegetables on most days. Why cruciferous vegetables specifically? Because daily consumption of cruciferous vegetables has been shown to substantially lower the risk of prostate cancer recurrence. They contain compounds that may stop cancer from growing and dividing and even kill cancer cells altogether. Note that this is not a cure-all, but there is legitimate science to back up the benefits of these" says an article in the prostate cancer foundation website.

Cauliflower Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

High oestrogen levels in the body is linked to an increased breast cancer risk. Buildup of excessive oestrogen and phytoestrogens can be removed from the body with appropriate changes in your diet.

With a few inclusions to your diet, you can send excessive hormones packing out of the body. Diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is one way to accomplish this.

The name “cruciferous” comes from the cross-shaped pattern that each vegetable’s flowers bloom.

Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy and arugula are some examples of cruciferous vegetables.

Mothers are right after all, eating vegetables is important.

— Dr. Chun-Loong Ho, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore


Another study led by research scientists at the Francis Crick Institute indicates that mice fed on a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol (I3C) — a secondary plant metabolite produced in vegetables of the Brassica genus, including cabbage, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts — were protected from gut inflammation and colon cancer. The findings appear in the journal Immunity.

Cauliflower Staves Off Prostate Cancer

Like other cruciferous vegetables — think broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and bok choy — cauliflower is rich in fiber, vitamins and healthy plant compounds and may help stave off prostate cancer.

“Studies have shown that when men consume cruciferous vegetables regularly, they have a lower risk of prostate cancer than men who don’t,” says Julie Bouwman, a registered dietitian at Kaiser Permanente in Lakewood, Colorado.

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All cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, natural substances that break down during chopping, cooking, chewing and digestion into biologically active compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. In laboratory experiments in rats and mice, these compounds have been found to inhibit cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach. They protect cells from DNA damage by inactivating carcinogens and decreasing inflammation.

— The New York Times

DIY Spicy Roast Cauliflower

Makes four servings.

You will need:

One cup diced onion, one head fresh cauliflower, reduced to florets, one teaspoon minced garlic, one tablespoon freshly grated ginger, half tablespoon grated lemon zest, quarter cup olive oil, half tablespoon curry powder, half tablespoon garam masala, half tablespoon fennel seed, quarter teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, half teaspoon salt, one teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, half cup frozen garden peas and two tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Thaw the peas in a bowl of warm water. Place all the ingredients except peas and parsley in a bowl and toss to coat the florets.

Wipe a roasting pan or skillet with olive oil and place the floret mixture in it, covering the bottom of the pan evenly.

Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning the mixture every 8-10 minutes so it browns evenly. As the florets are finishing, drain and lightly steam the peas for a couple of minutes. Do not overcook.

Place the floret mixture in a serving bowl, add peas and parsley and toss.

5 Foods That Kill Cancer

Green tea

Scores of studies support the power of certain natural foods to prevent cancer.

— Joel Fuhrman

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Srikanth R


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    • srirad0675 profile imageAUTHOR

      Srikanth R 

      5 years ago

      Sad, but true!

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      5 years ago from No Where

      The price of cauliflower has increased 4X within the last 5 years !

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      Srikanth R 

      5 years ago

      Thank you!

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Great hub


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