In this article, I explore cauliflower benefits for hair and how you can include it in your diet to improve hair health and growth.
The cauliflower came onto my radar a few weeks ago via a ton of recipe videos on Facebook.
They look similar to broccoli, which I find repulsive by the way, but the end results in the videos looked incredibly yummy.
I’ve seen videos for cauliflower rice, cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower hash browns and roasted cauliflower.
The fried rice and hash browns looked quite appetizing so I decided to conduct some research about the cauliflower and find out if it’s something worth including in my diet.
What is Cauliflower?
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
While white is the main colour of cauliflower, it is also available in orange, green and purple.
Cauliflower also features on the list of 25 foods with the highest ANDI scores.
The ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) rates food on their nutrients per calorie density.
The higher the score, the more nutrients are provided in relation to the caloric content.
7 Benefits of Cauliflower for Hair and Health
1. Protects the Body
Cauliflower helps fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a chemical compound research has shown has the ability to protect the body from cancerous tumours.
Sulforaphane can also be found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, collards, arugula, radish, bok choy and watercress.
2. Antimicrobial and Antiinflammatory Properties
Cauliflower has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep inflammation within your body in check.
3. High Vitamin C Content
One serving of cauliflower contains up to 77% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
4. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Cauliflower can assist to lower cholesterol levels, maintain heart health and strengthen your immune system.
5. Healthy Alternative to Starchy Foods
Cauliflower is a low-carb alternative to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.
6. Detoxifies the Body
If you are on a detoxifying diet, cauliflower aids in detoxifying the organs as well. You can include it as a midday snack while detoxifying.
7. Aids in Weightloss
Cauliflower is low in calories – only 25 calories per cup and makes a great substitute for high calorie foods in your diet.
And with the high fiber content, you’ll also feel fuller for longer and extend the time between meals.
Why You Should Add Cauliflower to Your Diet for Hair Growth
In conducting the research for cauliflower, I found 5 vitamins and minerals that are vital to hair growth.
They are present in enough amounts to make a difference when it comes to healthy hair and hair growth. They are:
Full of Vitamins
Cauliflower is full of thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and folate (vitamin B9).
This is a family of vitamins known as B complex. They work in conjunction with each other and often exist in the same types of foods.
These vitamins are responsible for strong hair, moisturized hair and healthy follicles.
This is another family of vitamins that contain K1, K2, & K3. Vitamin K contributes to bone health.
Lack of vitamin K in the body manifests itself in brittle bones. Hair loss is one of the signs of brittle bones.
Iron deficiency is directly linked to weak hair and hair loss. The right iron levels in your body mean your body is working at an optimal level to grow healthy hair.
Deficiency of beta-carotene can lead to hair breakage. Consuming cauliflower will especially help to encourage regrowth in thin areas of your scalp.
The presence of sulphur in cauliflower helps promote hair and nail growth.
Sulphur powder (MSM) is one of the ingredients used in a lot of hair growth oils.
If you take any hair, skin, and nail supplements, you might have seen some of the vitamins above on the ingredient listing. Now you know why.
In addition to the vitamins and minerals above, cauliflower also contains vitamin C (this enhances the absorption of iron), vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and protein.
How To Eat Cauliflower
Cauliflower is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, sautéed, and stir-fried.
However, the best method of cooking cauliflower is by sautéeing. This method retains the most nutrients while keeping its structural integrity.
Adding turmeric to the cauliflower before sautéing also boosts its effectiveness in protecting the body against cancerous growths.
The awesome thing about cauliflower is it’s budget-friendly. You can get a medium-sized head for only a few bucks at your local grocery store.
1 head of cauliflower can provide a filling meal for up to 4 people.
Below are some of the recipes I intend to try:
Caution: If you are on anticoagulants, you should speak to your physician before adding cauliflower to your diet.
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