Just ask any kid and they’ll tell you that Brussel sprouts must be healthy. After one glance they know – Brussel Sprouts scream healthy food!
But what do they do in the body?
The kids are right. Brussel Sprouts do many amazing healthful things in the body including reduced inflammation, oxidative stress, cancer risk, osteoporosis, and more.
Here are 8 Science-Backed Benefits of Brussel Sprouts and 1 amazing Easter Brunch Recipe.
Nutrition info (per serving): 214 calories, 16 gm fat, 5 gm net carbs (10 grams carbs, 5 gm fiber), 10 gm protein
When you see a Brussel Sprout, you may automatically think of fiber. And, you’d be right.
For every cup of cooked Brussel Sprouts, you’ll get 4 grams of health-promoting fiber.
Brussel Sprout’s fiber can:
A nutrient that you don’t see?
Vitamin K is important because it plays vital roles in blood clotting and bone health in the body.
Amazingly, Brussel Sprouts contain 274% of your daily vitamin K needs in just 1 cup cooked.
There are two forms of vitamin K:
Vitamin K1 is the most well-known, and essential for blood coagulation. This is the formation of clots so that cuts and injuries stop bleeding (5). Due to this function, it’s important for anyone on blood thinners to be aware of high Vitamin K foods like Brussel sprouts in their diets.
Vitamin K2 plays a role in bone growth, bone health, and protection against osteoporosis, especially during menopause (6).
When you think of vitamin C, you may think of citrus fruits, tomatoes, an even broccoli.
But, did you know that 1 cup of cooked Brussels Sprouts provides 162% of your daily vitamin C needs?
Vitamin C plays a multitude of roles in the body. It:
Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient, and Brussel Sprouts are loaded with it.
Most fruits and vegetables have antioxidants, but certain ones stand out.
Brussel Sprouts’ antioxidants stand out.
In fact, Brussels sprouts are high in a special antioxidant, called kaempferol. Kaempferol has been extensively studied and found to:
Beyond the antioxidant-cancer protection, other components of Brussel Sprouts make it a potential cancer fighter.
In fact, they also contain nutrients that promote detoxification enzymes. One small study showed a 15-30% increase in these enzymes activity with Brussel Sprout consumption (14).
What’s more, Brussel Sprouts’ ability to neutralize free radicals plays a direct role in cancer protection. The compounds formed by oxidative stress likely play a role in chronic diseases like cancer (15).
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, inflammation is a healthy part of the body’s immune response. However, chronic whole-body inflammation, which is influenced by diet, lifestyles, and weight, can contribute to many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease (29).
Brussel Sprouts may reduce chronic inflammation.
In fact, studies show that cruciferous vegetables such as Brussel Sprouts are associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers in the blood (16).
What’s more, kaempferol has anti-inflammatory functions as well as antioxidant ones (17).
As a cruciferous vegetable, Brussel Sprouts also play a role in keeping blood sugars healthy.
In fact, many studies have linked increased intake of cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, to a decreased risk of diabetes (18).
Likely, this is due to the fiber and low-carbohydrate level of Brussel Sprouts, making it a great Keto Zone food.
But in addition, they also contain alpha-lipoic acid, which improves blood sugars and insulin levels in the body (19).
As outlined in our article on DIM, DIM is a powerful compound that is produced when we eat cruciferous vegetables such as Brussel Sprouts.
DIM can help balance hormones, especially during menopause, by:
DIM is a powerful hormone-balancer, you can increase your levels by increasing cruciferous vegetable consumption and/or using a supplement such as Hormone Zone.
Upon first glance, most anyone could tell you that Brussel Sprouts must be healthy. And, they are! There are many science-backed health benefits of Brussel Sprouts. And, with our delicious Keto Zone Bacon Brussel Sprouts recipe, it’s easy to get them all!