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Today we’re talking about the numerous health benefits of vegetables that have one particular element in common; sulfur.  This aromatic element plays a part in many different enzymes and processes in the body, but today we’re going to focus on its role in antioxidant compounds.

Vegetables that are rich in these organosulfur compounds can help your liver do its job effectively.  Remember that the liver is responsible for processing nutrients, packaging them for distribution to the rest of your body, and getting rid of toxic stuff that could harm you.  Sulfur-containing antioxidants act like rocket fuel to speed up the enzymes that get rid of the aforementioned toxic stuff.

Research has shown that people who consume a diet high in these compounds have lower rates of many types of cancer. 

So which foods contain these super sulfur compounds?  Not surprisingly, this is another chance for me to promote dark leafy greens!  Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage are good sources of organosulfur compounds.  Additionally garlic contains organosulfur compounds that have both antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

These vegetables have minimal calories and are chock full of organosulfur compounds, fiber, B vitamins, and minerals.  One cup of cooked kale only has 36 calories, so use a heavy hand when you spoon it on your plate!

Hey, want an easy recipe that incorporates both kale and garlic for an organosulfur double shot?  Check out this Garlicky Kale recipe from Healthy Snack Sunday a couple of weeks ago.

6/27/2013 12:15:05 pm

Wow, I have never been so happy to be a fan of garlic! I actually love using garlic powder in a lot of my cooking. Personally, I think it is a great thing to add for chicken dishes, steak, and even eggs!

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