Cancer and other hormone related diseases are on the rise. As time passes, we are finding a lot of this is not genetic, but in fact more environmentally and lifestyle driven. It seems like everywhere we turn to learn about balancing hormones, there’s someone telling us to scarf down vegetables..but, why?

Cruciferous vegetables actually play a major role in disease prevention, specifically as it relates to disease fed by chronic hormonal imbalance. This is because vegetables, specifically cruciferous vegetables, contain phytochemicals known as isothiocyanate. These phytochemicals change the way estrogen is metabolized and broken down by the body. This in turn decreases the risk for hormone or estrogen related health complications such as uterine or breast cancer.

The formation of these bioactive substances begins when you chew or chop cruciferous vegetables. If you are looking to maintain the fullest array of nutrients, consider eating raw, lightly sautéing or steaming. Make it a goal to eat a serving of cruciferous vegetables daily. 

Here is a list of some of the top cruciferous vegetables: 

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Rutabaga
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Daikon
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radish
  • Turnips

What are some questions you have around this topic? Here's to healthy, happy, eating!

With love, 

Kylene