Cruciferous vegetables have it all: vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
To be clear, which ones are they?
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
- Bok choy
They're often eaten raw, especially kale and broccoli.
Making them very convenient.
But hold on!
If you're having fertility problems, cooking them first is better.
Eating raw cruciferous vegetables can actually suppress your thyroid's hormone production, creating fatigue, coldness in your body and a slowing of your metabolism.
That's because all cruciferous vegetables are considered a goitrogenic food, meaning that it contains substances (goitrogens) that may contribute to an enlarged thyroid.
Cooking them will break down the harmful goitrogens. So eat your kale and broccoli.
But cook them first!
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Julie Chang,Natural Fertility Eggspurt
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