Cauliflower is a beautiful, edible cabbage flower. I taste good when you stir fry it for not too long. It is ready after 5 minutes of boiling. It is not just a healthy vegetable. It has specific medicinal properties.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. It is a member from the brassica oleracea-family, just as kale, Brussels sprouts, mustard, collard greens, kale, watercress, horseradish, Chinese cabbage and all other kinds of cabbages.
125 grams of this delicious type of cabbage contains enough vitamin C for the RDA. This cruciferous vegetable delivers a relatively high amount of vitamin K, B6, and folic acid. Most minerals can be found in the leafs instead of the white flower. Don´t throw away the leafs but eat them!
Glucoraphanin and other antioxidants
Cauliflower contains an abundance of antioxidants. Besides vitamin C, it has the phytonutrients glucoraphanin, cryptoxanthin. caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, rutin, quercetin, and kaempferol. Glucoraphanin is a component that fights inflammations. Glucoraphanin-rich cauliflower is an inflammation reducing medicine that lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The inflammation-reducing effects have benefits against arthritis. In fact, all western food-based diseases are inflammation-related. Cauliflower helps the intestines. This beautiful vegetable is good for digestion. It helps with Crohn´s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, diabetes type 2 and obesity. Scientific research shows that people with insulin resistance benefit from eating cauliflower. Of course, there are more foods that fight diseases. And there are other foods that cause diseases. In order to cure with medicinal food, you need to see the whole picture.
Medicinal kitchen advises
It is important to reduce boiling times as much as possible. Boiling destroys nutrients. The medicinal benefits fade away when you boil a vegetable for too long. You don´t have to boil this beautiful white flower longer than 5 minutes. In this way, you benefit from its medicinal properties in the most accurate way. It is nice to combine cauliflower with his green brother broccoli. You can add turmeric to it in order to make it yellow. Enjoy your medicine!
- Against cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10736624
- Against cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4596548/
- Obesity, metabolic disorders: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22569347
- Crohn´s disease: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20144628
- General info: http://www.geneeskrachtigegroenten.nl/Groenten-en-hun-medicinale-werking/Bloemkool/