“Consuming just one cup of leafy green vegetables daily could boost muscle function a new study says, suggesting high nitrate consumption is a way to promote lower-limb muscle strength and physical function.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]
These days, many people fail to consume sufficient servings of vegetables in their daily diets. This is unfortunate, as vegetables are associated with a decreased risk of several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kale, mustard greens, and turnips are particularly beneficial. High in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemical compounds, they have strong antioxidant properties that are important for healthy skin, eyes, and cardiovascular protection. In addition to having strong anti-cancer actions, phytochemical compounds in cruciferous vegetables are also being explored for their benefits in diabetic neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and brain injury.
To learn more about the health protective effects of cruciferous vegetables, read this article on our website.