Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae family of vegetables and are packed with many nutrients. They provide a full range of benefits for your health:
- May protect you against cancer
Brussel sprouts are rich in antioxidants, especially in kaempferol, an antioxidant that may reduce cancer growth. Moreover, antioxidants in Brussels sprouts can neutralize free radicals (formed by oxidative stress) and may decrease the risk of cancer.
- Promote heart health and overall health
Brussel sprouts have an impressive antioxidant content. These compounds can reduce oxidative stress in your cells and help reduce the risk of chronic disease and decrease inflammation. Their content in fiber can also reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Promote gut health
Brussel sprouts are high in fiber. For a half cup of Brussels sprouts (78 grams), you will receive 8% of your daily fiber needs. Due to their high content in fiber, eating Brussels sprouts may relieve constipation and promote digestive health by helping feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. It is recommended to eat 25 grams of fiber per day for women and 38 grams of fiber per day for men.
- Help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes
Brussels sprouts are high in fiber, which can improve blood sugar control, by keeping their levels steady. Studies have demonstrated that Brussels sprouts consumption was linked to a decreased risk of diabetes. Fiber tend to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood.
- Promote bone health
Brussel sprouts are rich in vitamin K, which is essential for coagulation and blood clotting. Vitamin K also promote bone growth and strength (decrease the risk of bone fracture).