The Incredible Benefits of Cauliflower for CIDP
Cauliflower has benefits that target multiple areas that can be beneficial in reducing CIDP symptoms.
By Shiraz Abbas
Cauliflower was not always a popular vegetable. Broccoli and other veggies used to take the top spot. But with the advent of the low-car diet trends, cauliflower has become very popular. From cauliflower rice to cauliflower pizza crusts, this vegetable – at 25 calories per cup – is the to-go-to food for weight loss as it is tasty, crunchy and low in carbs.
Cauliflower has other benefits. For people who suffer from chronic inflammatory disorders like CIDP type neuropathy, cauliflower can be a very powerful inflammatory food that can help with certain symptoms.
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Cauliflower is also highly anti-inflammatory, which is a buzzword in the nutrition world that’s here to stay. Inflammation and its symptoms can get out of hand, especially for those who consume a lot of junk foods. Non-junk foods, such as cauliflower, contain anti-inflammatory nutrients to keep inflammation at bay. One of these nutrients is indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, which the National Institute of Health reviewed as a possible cancer preventative agent used to treat tumors. Cauliflower is also a great source of choline, which is a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. Other studies also support choline’s ability to potentially diminish age-related memory decline.
Choline is not just helpful for brain development, but it is also an essential nutrient for nerve health. As such, it is very important for people who suffer from CIDP and other kinds of neuropathies. Not many foods contain choline, so cauliflower becomes a very important source for this essential nutrient.
As a good source of fiber, cauliflower slows digestion and promotes feelings of fullness. This may automatically reduce the number of calories you eat throughout the day, an important factor in weight control.
High water content is another weight loss friendly aspect of cauliflower. In fact, 92% of its weight is made up of water. Consuming lots of water-dense, low-calorie foods is associated with weight loss.
Sometimes eating raw cauliflower is not too appetizing for many. Cauliflower can be baked and marinated in your favorite spices to make it more appetizing.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.