Cauliflower, Are you Eating it?


Adding Cauliflower to your daily diet is one of the best veggies.  While often overlooked, it has amazing health benefits.

Health Benefits- (Article by Whole Foods)

While cauliflower is not a well-studied cruciferous vegetable from a health standpoint, you will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, particularly with respect to the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. This connection between cauliflower and cancer prevention should not be surprising, since cauliflower provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly.

Detox Support Provided by Cauliflower

The detox support provided by cauliflower includes antioxidant nutrients to boost Phase 1 detoxification activities and sulfur-containing nutrients to boost Phase 2 activities. Cauliflower also contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. Three glucosinolates that have been clearly identified in cauliflower are glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian. While the glucosinolate content of cauliflower is definitely significant from a health standpoint, cauliflower contains about one-fourth as much total glucosinolates as Brussels sprouts, about one-half as much as Savoy cabbage, about 60% as much as broccoli, and about 70% as much as kale.

If we fail to give our body’s detox system adequate nutritional support, yet continue to expose ourselves to unwanted toxins through our lifestyle and our dietary choices, we can place our bodies at increased risk of toxin-related damage that can eventually increase our cells’ risk of becoming cancerous. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to bring cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables into our diet on a regular basis.

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  1. Shawna Culp on August 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    It is not on protocol, some use it but this is for p3

    Shawna Culp

  2. Nikki on July 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Why is this listed under p2 articles if it isnt a p2 food? That is what I am having trouble with on this site, you have lots of great tips and advice but its all spread out and I am reading info that turns out to not be correctly listed.  

    • Shawna Culp on July 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm


      Many protocols use broccoli and cauliflower on p2, however it is not in original protocol. It was tagged in a wrong category and this was fixed. Thanks.

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