Although research in this area is still in its early stages, anti-inflammatory substances found in cruciferous vegetables are becoming the topic of increasing interest with respect to heart disease. One particular focus here involves the anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the ITCs (Isothiocyanates) derived from cruciferous vegetables. In some individuals susceptible to high blood sugar, sulforaphane may be able to prevent or even reverse some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by chronic blood sugar problems.
B-complex vitamins play a special role in cardiovascular health, especially with respect to excessive formation of homocysteine, an event which raises our risk of atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart attack. By making a large contribution to our folate intake, cruciferous vegetables can help us lower our risk of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack.
In the digestive system, the concentrated fibre content of cruciferous vegetables makes this food group a natural choice for digestive system support. Few foods can make as outstanding a contribution to your daily fibre intake as foods like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale.
The fibre content of cruciferous vegetables is only one of their digestive support mechanisms. The ITCs help protect the health of our stomach lining by helping prevent bacterial overgrowth. Broccoli sprouts appear to have especially strong stomach support properties in this regard.
In conclusion, cruciferous vegetables provide nourishment across a wide variety of nutritional categories. They provide broad support across a wide variety of body systems, as well. Without a regular intake of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, your body systems will be missing out on some of the best researched pathways for disease prevention.