Cruciferous Complete

Cruciferous Complete contains organically-grown, minimally-processed kale and brussels sprouts.

Kale and Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that belong to the Brassicaceae plant family. Significant scientific research reveals that cruciferous vegetables, such as kale and Brussels sprouts, contain important phytonutrients that help protect against free radicals, the highly unstable molecules that can affect cells and genetic material. They also provide strong antioxidant properties and contain specific nutrients that help support the healthy functioning of the eyes, the body’s natural cleansing systems, and detoxification.

How Cruciferous Complete Keeps You Healthy

Protects against free radicals

Phytonutrient antioxidant substances are present in cruciferous vegetables like kale and Brussels sprouts. These substances stimulate the body and help protect it against free radicals, the highly unstable oxygen molecules that damage cell matter, including DNA. In particular, laboratory research conducted at the Tufts University Jean Mayer Institute for Human Nutrition discovered that these two vegetables, among all those tested, are the most effective in neutralizing the highly active hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals.

Stimulates the bodys own system for neutralizing harmful substances

Components such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane are found in Brussels sprouts and kale. In fact, research conducted at the University of Illinois shows Brussels sprouts are among the highest in sulforaphane content. These two substances stimulate two of the bodys most powerful detoxification mechanisms: the cytochrome P450 and the Phase II enzyme systems. These are the bodys biochemical pathways for converting toxins into harmless or easily excretable substances.

Supports healthy eyes

Both beta carotene and lutein, found in green leafy vegetables, belong to a class of compounds called carotenoids and are related to vitamin A. Research suggests that the body discriminates among antioxidants by using some for oxidative protection in specific areas. Lutein is one such target compound that provides strong antioxidant protection to the vulnerable tissue protecting the retina.?

Furnishes essential nutrients

Kale and Brussels sprouts are very nutritious foods. They are higher in potassium content than bananas and naturally provide vitamin C and carotenes. Brussels sprouts are also a source of iron. Kale is of particular nutritional interest because it contains calcium. In addition, unlike some other green vegetables that contain high levels of oxalic acid, a substance that inhibits the absorption of calcium and iron by the human body, kale, in comparison, contains lower levels of oxalic acid to allow for calcium absorption.

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By Mattingly Chiropractic, July 3, 2013