Why Cauliflower is Vital for Cancer Prevention

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 23, 2014

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Looking for a super food that can prevent cancer growth? Cauliflower is the answer to your worries related to cancer. Read more to find out how Cauliflower can a cancer prevent super food.
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    Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable which has significant nutrient content in it. It is a rich source of the potent antioxidant vitamin C and folate which makes it good for preventing the neural- tube defect and cancer. Therefore, it’s worth adding to your diet. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which plays a vital role by preventing the free radical damage to the cells of your body.  Around 27.6 milligrams of vitamin C is present in a half cup of cooked cauliflower. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    A half cup of cooked cauliflower contains around 28 micrograms of folate. DNA which is the genetic material of the cells of the body is manufactured by folate and may also be helpful in preventing different types of cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    According to researches cauliflower has a photochemical called Indole-3-Carbinal which enhances the breakdown of estrogen in to less potent form thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.  Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Colon Cancer

    Cauliflower is known to have a rich supply of fibre which is good for digestion. It contains glucoraphin which helps in protecting the stomach lining by reducing the risk of contracting cancer and other stomach ailments. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Prostate Cancer

    Another benefit of Cauliflower is that it reduces inflammation and increases blood flow in the body especially in the prostate area. The high content of antioxidants in cauliflower helps to the fight free radicals which are responsible to causing cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is also prevented by the use of cauliflower in your diet as it contains phyto-chemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols like indole-3- carbinol, which are considered essential to prevent the growth of cancer cells. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Cervical Cancer

    Cauliflower is a healthy vegetable for cancer prevention especially in women. Cauliflower has the combination of phyto-chemicals, plant sterols, antioxidants and vitamin C that help in reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Ovarian Cancer

    It has been reported that risk of ovarian cancer is higher in women who have no children, use hormone replacement therapy, have had breast or colon cancer and regularly use fertility drugs. Although the symptoms of ovarian cancer do not appear immediately but consumption of cauliflower can help you prevent ovarian cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Bladder Cancer

    According to a study published in International Journal of Cancer, people who ate cauliflower or other cruciferous vegetables had 29 percent less chance of getting bladder cancer than those who ate such vegetables in lesser amount. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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