1. They are rich in fibre
Fibre is an essential part of our diet. Not only does it aid regular bowel movements, it can also help to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. A diet rich in fibre can help to prevent diseases such as diabetes, bowel cancer and heart disease.
2. Sprouts are packed with vitamins and nutrients
Brussels sprouts contain a wide range of nutrients, minerals and vitamins including:
- Vitamin K – helps the blood clot
- Vitamin C – aids growth, development and repair of body tissues
- Vitamin A – great for excellent vision and eye health
- Folic acid – produces and maintains red blood cells
- Manganese – supports brain health
- Lutein and zeaxanthin – important nutrients for eye health
3. They contain omega-3 fatty acids
Brussels sprouts are a great way of getting omega 3 fatty acids for those who choose not to eat oily fish. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids support brain health in battling anxiety and depression, but they also aid eye health by producing tears, which can help those with dry eye. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration AMD and in addition to this, omega-3 fatty acids help to make up the cells in your retina.
4. They support bone health
The vitamin k in brussels sprouts helps to keep your bones healthy by increasing bone density and reducing the risk of bone injury in women who are postmenopausal.
5. They may have potential cancer-fighting properties
Brussels sprouts are high in antioxidants and compounds which are said to protect against cancer causing agents. They contain a compound called isothiocyanates and research suggests that these compounds could have anti-cancer effects. This includes restricting the growth of tumours. Nevertheless, there is no concrete evidence of this.
So, there you have it, while the humble sprout is a dreaded dish at the Christmas dinner table for some, it has numerous health benefits and not just for our eyes. At Feel Good Contacts, we recommend eating a varied diet this Christmas to reap the maximum health benefits.
For people who suffer with thyroid problems you may be advised by your doctor to limit the amount of brassica vegetables that you eat (this includes brussels sprouts). The reason being is that these vegetables can interfere with the way in which iodine is absorbed and iodine is vital for the production of thyroid hormones.