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Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Updated on November 11, 2012
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It might be difficult to think of the tiny Brussels sprouts as being so healthy. But, they are packed with vitamins. And, there are many benefits that can be obtained from including this vegetable in your diet.

The nutrient that is the most prolific in Brussels sprouts is Vitamin K. In a one cup serving you will get 375% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin K. These tiny cabbages are also packed with Vitamin C. The same serving will also give you 118% of your RDA of Vitamin C.These two vitamins will not only keep your immune system strong, they will also help keep your bones strong. They work with the calcium and Vitamin D in your body to keep your skeleton working as it should. They each help your body produce chemicals that keep your bones from becoming brittle.

Brussels sprouts also deliver two phytochemicals to your cells. Both indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane will help trigger your phase-2 detoxification enzymes. These are powerful compounds that will help your body get rid of cancer-causing substances.

There is another substance in Brussels sprouts that helps prevent cancer. Allyl isothiocyanate will help regular cells in your body keep from turning into cancer cells.

In addition to being a big help in the fight against cancer. Brussels sprouts will also help slash your odds of developing Alzheimer's. This vegetable is rich in folate, which has been found to improve memory and speed the processing of information.

Brussels sprouts also have one of the highest amounts of protein in vegetables. They are also a good source of potassium and fiber. And, they only have fifty-five calories per one cup serving.

The smaller sprouts will have more flavor and be less tough. They should be bright green, firm and have tightly packed leaves. Store unwashed sprouts in your refrigerator for up to four days. Rinse them just before cooking. Strip any yellowed or wilted leaves and trim most the stem off. But, do not cut the stem right down to the base. This will cause the leaves to drop off during cooking. Use thyme, paprika, or sage to give your sprouts a tasty flavor.

Brussels sprouts are a delicious way to get many nutrients that your body needs to keep itself healthy. Try different recipes to make the small cabbages more appealing. You never know, they might become one of your favorite dishes.


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    Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from Northern California, USA

    Brussels sprouts is my favorite vegetable. I didn't realize it was so packed with power. Great hub. Thank you for the information. Voted up!