Cauliflower cabbage is one of the most healthy and nutritious vegetables in the category of healthy foods and in the diets of many low-calorie diets. Kochan plant consists of many tightly pressed together inflorescences, which are used to prepare various dishes, because they are almost not used in raw form. The useful properties of cauliflower are expressed quite vividly thanks to a special combination of the most valuable natural antioxidants. Its low calorie content and neutral flavour allow you to consume it in large quantities, providing a varied menu without increasing the overall calorie content.
Composition and usefulness
Any cabbage is valued for its rich vitamin and mineral composition and excellent dietary properties. It can be used on almost any diet, well quenching hunger and saturating the body with the necessary trace elements, without getting extra calories. The leader among all types of cabbage for these useful properties is the colored cabbage. Not only does this plant contain a large amount of valuable substances, but all of them are in an optimal ratio that significantly enhances the properties of each one.
The main vitamin and mineral composition of cauliflower is represented by such important elements as:
- Vitamin C – is responsible for strong immunity, maintaining health and youthfulness of the whole body, activates the synthesis of collagen (the basis of all tissues) and regeneration of any damage;
- Vitamin A – is essential for the health of eyes, bones and skin, accelerates cell renewal, resists free radicals, has anticarcinogenic effects (prevents the development of cancer);
- B vitamins – help to obtain energy from carbohydrates and fats, normalize the production of hormones and neurotransmitters, maintain healthy cells of the nervous system, accelerate biochemical reactions;
- Vitamin K – provides protein synthesis, improves the absorption of calcium and vitamin D, accelerates blood clotting on the wound surface, helps to eliminate internal bleeding;
- macroelements (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus) – normalize the functions of the entire musculoskeletal system, improve blood vessels and heart, and improve the removal of toxins and toxins;
- microelements (most manganese and iron) – protect cells from damage by free radicals, improve the blood formula, strengthen all tissues, protect blood vessels from the formation of cholesterol plaques.
The fresh energy value of cauliflower is 25 kcal/100 g. They contain 5.5 g of complex carbohydrates, 2 g of proteins, 0.1 g of fat and almost 3 g of fiber. After boiling, the caloric value of the vegetable increases to 29 kcal/100 g. It should be taken into account that most of the nutrients are transferred to the water during the cooking process. Therefore, cauliflower cabbage should be steamed or consumed together with decoction.
Cauliflower cabbage has a positive effect on human health, contributing to the following results:
- to improve immune protection;
- increased metabolism;
- Removal of inflammation, acceleration of healing of internal and external damage;
- Reducing the risk of benign and malignant neoplasms;
- normalization of body weight, preservation of achieved weight;
- stimulation of the digestive tract;
- cleansing of the body with a mild laxative and diuretic effect;
- improvement of the vascular and cardiac system;
- establishment of bile outflow, prevention of its thickening and formation of concrements;
- Blood pressure stabilization;
- to reduce harmful cholesterol levels;
- bone strengthening;
- improvement of the blood formula with reduced risk of anaemia;
- increased brain activity and mental ability.
Cauliflower cabbage is recommended for the prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, neurodegenerative disorders, heart diseases, oncology of various kinds.
For therapeutic purposes, this vegetable is used not only internally, but also externally. In folk medicine and home cosmetology it helps to get rid of inflammation and other skin injuries, maintaining its health and beauty.
Specific useful properties
In addition to the overall benefit to any organism, cauliflower also has more specific benefits, solving specific human problems depending on gender or age.
Most women use cauliflower mainly for weight loss. Due to its low calorie content and versatility in cooking, this vegetable allows you to quickly get the desired plumb line without hunger and harm to the body. The rich vitamin and mineral composition of the skin helps maintain skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles and sagging after a reduction in body volume.
It is especially useful to combine the use of vegetables in food with its external application. Masks and other home cosmetics with cabbage juice can significantly improve the condition of the skin through increased collagen production and nutrient enrichment.
Regular consumption of cauliflower dishes helps to solve a number of gynecological problems:
- to reduce the painfulness of menstruation;
- to normalize the hormonal background;
- to eliminate the symptoms of PMS and menopause.
The presence of folic acid makes this product indispensable in the first trimester of pregnancy, as it ensures the correct formation of the CNS in the fetus. For the most pregnant woman the use of cauliflower helps to get rid of swelling, maintain immunity, preserve the health of skin, hair and teeth.
Useful properties of cauliflower can solve a number of “male” problems, in particular:
- to improve the potency;
- prevent prostate inflammation (especially in old age);
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to smoking and alcohol consumption;
- to prevent vascular blockages and cholesterol plaques.
Regular inclusion of this vegetable in the diet helps to quickly reduce the “beer belly” and weight in general.
For the kids.
Cauliflower cabbage can and should be given to children in the first year of life. For this purpose, it is boiled and milled in mashed potatoes along with the broth. Natural vitamins and minerals in the vegetable provide the child with full physical and mental development.
In addition, the presence of special substances helps to solve the frequent problems of babies, such as:
- intestinal colic;
- increased gas formation;
This valuable vegetable has a positive effect in all directions. It perfectly normalizes the emotional and psychological state, reduces fatigue and improves mood. At any age, the use of cauliflower helps to strengthen immunity and protects the body from viruses and bacteria.