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5 Things You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Bok Choy

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Bok Choy
Bok choy in a bowl. Photo Credit: LRArmstrong/iStock/Getty Images

You may want to stock up on bok choy and other cabbages. Bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These cruciferous vegetables seem to have specific benefits for cancer prevention. Several population studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of developing certain cancers. Which cancers are affected by cruciferous vegetable intake? Lung, colon, prostate and endometrial cancers seem to be reduced with increasing cruciferous vegetable intake. One reason for the benefit may be that these vegetables contain glucosinolates, which are converted to isothiocyanates in our body. These compounds have been shown to be active in fighting cancer.

You may want to stock up on bok choy and other cabbages. Bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These cruciferous vegetables seem to have specific benefits for cancer prevention. Several population studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of developing certain cancers. Which cancers are affected by cruciferous vegetable intake? Lung, colon, prostate and endometrial cancers seem to be reduced with increasing cruciferous vegetable intake. One reason for the benefit may be that these vegetables contain glucosinolates, which are converted to isothiocyanates in our body. These compounds have been shown to be active in fighting cancer.

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