Monday 23 June 2014

Natural Nutritional Benefits of Bok Choy

Bok choy is the most popular vegetable in China, where it’s been grown for more than 5,000 years. This member of the cruciferous vegetable family is a type of cabbage that has a mild flavor, making it useful for stir fries, soups, side dishes, or even eating raw. 

Bok choy contains potent antioxidants like vitamins A and C and phytonutrients such as thiocyanates, lutein, zeaxanthin, isothiocyanates, and sulforaphane, which stimulate detoxifying enzymes and may protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers.

A cup of bok choy contains only about 20 calories, but its high levels of dietary fiber will fill you up, making it an excellent food for weight loss.

Bok choy contains anti-inflammatory components including thiocyanate, an antioxidant that’s been discovered to protect cells from inflammatory substances produced in response to injury or infection in your body.

Sulforaphane in bok choy and other cruciferous vegetables has been discovered to significantly lower blood pressure and improve kidney function.

Bok choy contains high amounts of B vitamins, including folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, and vitamin B5.

Karolyn Boyd

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