Researchers have found further proof that our least favourite vegetables are good for us.
Experts from Edith Cowan University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences and The University of Western Australia have found that a higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, is associated with less extensive blood vessel disease in older women.
Blood vessel disease affects our arteries and veins and can reduce the flow of blood circulating around the body. A key marker of the disease is the build-up of fatty, calcium deposits on the inner walls of our blood vessels, such as the aorta, and these deposits are the leading cause of heart attack or stroke.
“We have now found that older women consuming higher amounts of cruciferous vegetables every day have lower odds of having extensive calcification on their aorta,” said lead researcher Dr Lauren Blekkenhorst. “One particular constituent found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables is vitamin K which may be involved in inhibiting the calcification process that occurs in our blood vessels.”