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Health Benefits of Bok Choy

Updated on November 11, 2012
Chinese Cabbage
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If you enjoy green salads, bok choy is a wonderful vegetable to add. It tastes less like cabbage and a bit like lettuce. It also has many health benefits.

Bok choy is another vegetable that has cancer fighting qualities. There are five nutrients in this type of cabbage that help fight off that dread disease. It also has other health benefits, as well.

One component of this vegetable will help stop cancer before it ever starts. Dithiolethiones will help keep your immune system strong. It is a phytochemical that will help block cancer from developing.

Indoles and isothiocyanates will help fight cancer in several ways. Both of these nutrients will prevent DNA damage that can turn cells cancerous. The isothiocyanates in bok choy will help your body to produce antioxidants that will fight cancer. And, indoles will hinder the growth of cancerous cells. These two compounds also work with dithiolthiones to destroy cancer-causing elements.

Bok choy is a wonderful source of vitamin A. Many experts believe this vitamin will give you some extra protection when fighting cancer. One cup of shredded bok choy will give you 63 percent of the vitamin you need each day.

It is also thought that omega-3 fatty acids will help you battle cancer. Most people consume too much of the fat that is bad for your health. Eating bok choy will help raise your supply of one of the good fats, or omega-3.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, bok choy can be a big help. The vitamin C will help keep your cartilage strong. And, it can also slow the progress of the disease and lessen knee pain. And, the vitamin K in this vegetable can stop your symptoms from getting worse. People who do not consume enough vitamin K are more likely to have bone spurs and other signs of the disease in their knees and hands.

If you are taking any blood-thinning drug, be careful about consuming too much vitamin K. Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to try and up your intake. Vitamin K is also a blood thinner.

When preparing bok choy, never boil it. This will leach away large amounts of the beneficial vitamins and phytochemicals. Try stir-fry, microwaving, or steaming. It will also have a better taste.

There are many vegetables that are loaded with vitamins and healthy substances. Adding them to your diet can boost your health tremendously. Bok choy, or chinese cabbage, is one of these vegetables. Adding it to your healthy diet will bring you many benefits.


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