There’s a family that I want to introduce you to.  It’s a family that I’ve gotten to know and love!  It’s the impressive group of Brassica vegetables, which includes Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Collard Greens and Brussel Sprouts.  They are also known as “cruciferous” vegetables denoting being part of the cabbage family.  Looking like cute little miniature cabbages, Brussel Sprouts used to gross me out but now I love them both raw and cooked.  Finding what tickles your taste buds is the key.  Be a Brussel Sprout Explorer and START SOMEWHERE enjoying the incredible benefits of this versatile vegetable.

Brussel Sprouts contain a wealthy storehouse of indispensable nutrients.  Here are some of their key gifts and how they support vitality:

  1. Detoxification:  Via glucosinolate phytonutrients, Brussel Sprouts activate enzyme systems in our cells that work to detoxify cancer-causing substances.  Also, our bodies require plentiful amounts of sulfur to work effectively and Brussel Sprouts provide rich sulfur-containing nutrients.   
  2. Antioxidant Support:  Stress exhausts our body of antioxidant nutrients and this depletion puts us at risk for many health problems.  Brussel Sprouts provide protection by supplying generous concentrations of Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Manganese, Vitamin E, Isorhamnetin, Quercetin, and Kaempferol.
  3. Digestion:  There are four grams of fiber in every cup of Brussel Sprouts.  Eating enough fiber every day is a great way to LIVE YOUNGER!  Researchers have also found that the sulforaphane in Brussel Sprouts helps protect the stomach lining from Helicobacter pylori overgrowth.
  4. Decreased Inflammation:  Chronic inflammation is at the root of the “diseases of civilization” like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and many autoimmune diseases.  Brussel Sprouts can help us minimize this smouldering, excessive inflammation by providing a nutrient called glucobrassicin which is converted into indole-3-carbinol (I3C).  This incredible anti-inflammatory molecule functions at the genetic level to prevent the early stages of chronic inflammation.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin K are added benefits of this nutrient-rich vegetable.

At some Farmer’s Markets, you can find Brussel Sprouts still attached to the stalk.  These tend to have a fresher, firmer composition and are usually less expensive.  They are also quite artistic, in my opinion!  The peak growing season is from Autumn to early Spring.  Cold weather and frost help them develop a sweeter flavor.  The less you cook Brussel Sprouts, the better in order to retain the maximum nutrient density.  Here’s one of my very favorite salad recipes that is deliciously crispy and will help you detox at the same time:

Dr. Debbie’s Brussel Sprout Blueberry Salad

  • 20 medium Brussel Sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice or Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Pine Nuts
  • ½ cup fresh Blueberries
  • ¼ – ½ grated Romano Cheese
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper

Grate Brussel Sprouts in the food processor and then combine all ingredients.  This recipe travels well and is better a day or two after you make it.  Enjoy!

Enjoy cruciferous vegetables at least two to three times a week as part of your strategy to LIVE YOUNGER.  Be a Brussel Sprout explorer and find a few simple recipes that you enjoy.  START SOMEWHERE giving your body more of what it wants and needs to help you think and feel your best.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Be a Brussel Sprout Explorer

Be a Brussel Sprout Explorer