Across the globe, there's a serious lack of healthy nutrients being consumed by people of all shapes and sizes. Of course, the human body needs these vitamins and other nutrients to properly function, however instead, people pick up sugary drinks and caffeine-filled beverages to battle the fatigue caused by a poor diet. Folk just don't seem to realise how easy it really is to achieve a well-balanced and healthy diet. Getting reasonable amounts of fruit and veg into your weekly consumption doesn't have to be expensive nor difficult, but for those really struggling with the concept, we have one superfood recommendation we believe everyone should partake in: Cauliflower.
In fact, anything from the 'cole' vegetable family is an excellent choice to include heavily in your diet. This extends to broccoli, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts, all of which are packed with some serious levels of nutrition, as well as some other surprising health benefits. Cauliflower has an impressive lineup of goodness, and eating it regularly is a simple way to get those much-needed nutrients into your system - as little as one serving contains 77% of your recommended daily vitamin C! It's also packed full of protein, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, magnesium, fibre, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, manganese and potassium - to name but a few.
Similar to both ginger and coconuts, cauliflower has an uncanny ability to reduce inflammation around the body. It's believed by many that the likes of coeliacs are caused by the immune system mistakenly triggering an inflammatory response with no real reason to. This leads to significant damage to the body, linked to all sorts of auto-immune diseases, and ultimately cancer, dependent on which organs are impacted upon. This is why armouring your diet with the likes of cauliflower is vital to living a long, healthy life. Cauliflower contains plenty of anti-inflammatory nutrients to keep inflammation under control, inclusive of indole-3-carbinol (or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that operates at a genetic level to ward off unnecessary inflammatory responses).
Starting to understand how important this weird looking vegetable is to your diet? Well, let's kick it up a notch, as there's now substantial evidence that the consumption of cauliflower during pregnancy will greatly impact the brain activity of your child, indicating an impressive boost of cognitive function, improved learning and increased memory. This is due to Cauliflower being a great source of choline, a B vitamin known for its key role in brain development. Choline may even diminish age-related memory loss, as well as decreasing the brain's vulnerability to toxins.
This is where it starts getting really interesting. Cauliflower contains a property named sulforaphane, a compound of sulfur that has the potential to kill off cancer stem cells, dramatically stunting the growth of tumours. There are plenty of researchers who are of the opinion that eliminating cancer stem cells is a major component of controlling cancer, and sulforaphane is vital to this. Another signature piece of the puzzle is curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric. When the two are combined, there's a lot of evidence that suggests the mix may help prevent and treat prostate cancer. A study published on carcinogenesis also found sulforaphane to inhibit the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.
So, does that leave you convinced? Convinced that maybe involving even the smallest amount of Cauliflower may be greatly beneficial to your health? You should be, because it is! Forgetting the super-food benefits like increased brain function and cancer-fighting properties, the nutritional aspects of cauliflower alone should be enough for you to want to get more of it in you on a daily basis. The good news is you can do exactly that, in a just-add-hot-water format alongside Turmeric and other healthy ingredients, all in the form of a Mr Lee's Coconut Chicken Laksa noodle.