Nutrition

Cruciferous Vegetables

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Veggie the secret that fights silent liver disease. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with the coronavirus pandemic there are other health issues on their way to becoming bigger problems. Liver disease is inching closer to becoming healthcare epidemic. More million of people have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and don't even realize it. there are no signs or symptoms. And because it's silent, there's no drugs to treat it. Fortunately, the trick to fighting liver disease may be as simple as eating veggies. Here's what you need to know to make sure your liver is up to snuff.

Over the last decade, rates of chronic liver disease related deaths have increased. And NAFLD is a leading cause. The sad truth is, reversal is possible and many of these deaths could have been prevented. And there are easy, and effective ways to keep your liver in tip-top shape. The indole-3-carbinol a compound found in cruciferous vegetables is a key to preventing and treating NAFLD. Indole has long been used for cancer prevention, balancing hormones, supporting the immune system and detoxifying the liver.

People with higher BMI tended to have lower levels of indole in their blood. And those who were clinically obese had significantly lower levels of indole and a higher amount of fat deposit in the liver. What's more, the impact of indole using animal models fed a high-fat diet to simulate the effects of NAFLD. The results? After treatment with indole, the NAFLD-mimicking animals saw significant reductions in fat accumulation and inflammation in the liver. Too many benefits to ignore cruciferous vegetables can not only benefit our livers, but also:

  • Protect against cancer
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease
  • Prevent diabetes
  • Improve moods
  • Relieve pain

There are simply too many benefits to ignore! Cruciferous vegetables make a healthy addition to any diet. And there are plenty of veggie options to choose from like: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower. The best You won't have to go organic (and pay the higher price tag) for those three choices. If you can't get over the bitter taste of these veggies, try lightly roasting them with garlic and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, at least one serving of cruciferous vegetables a day as part of your 2-3 cups of vegetables.