The Benefit of Cruciferous Vegetables for Estrogen Balance

Cruciferous vegetables are rich in zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D and E and even though you may never have thought of them this way, they are another food source that also serves a purpose in improving your health!

benefits of cruciferous veggiesAre you wondering what is considered a cruciferous vegetable?  Think of the foods that may not have been your favorites as a child, but you have come to love as an adult.  They include; broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choi, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts and mustard, rutabaga and turnip greens.

It is a good idea to try and have 1 serving of these vegetables at each meal so you can get in a couple servings a day.  Try to eat them raw, chopped or steamed for only a short time to ensure all of the nutrients are live and readily absorbed.  If you are worried about portion size, usually a 1/3 cup steamed or 2/3 to 1 cup raw portion is appropriate.  But, when it comes to these veggies, don’t worry about getting too much, just make sure you at least get the minimum.  Also, try to avoid having them fried or covered in unhealthy toppings like ranch dressing or full fat cheeses.

The bottom line on these veggies is that they contain a constituent in called Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) that is beneficial to estrogen metabolism. When that I3C combines with stomach acid it creates another compound which overlaps with estrogen metabolism so that there is a healthy ratio of compounds that support estrogen metabolism.

Consider this mother nature’s way of telling us to eat our veggies!