Dr. Lauren Blekkenhorst, one of the members of the research team, said that in previous studies they had already detected this influence of the diet of these vegetables to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
“Our findings in this new study provide information on possible associated mechanisms.” The answer would probably be in vitamin K, since these vegetables contain a lot of this nutrient. Researchers are now wondering if this vitamin could play a role in preventing calcification of blood vessels.
Crucifers, when present daily in diets, have also been associated with lower risks of developing some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer and colon cancer. According to a study carried out in 1996, and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association , the association between the consumption of cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer was found in 70% of the studies analyzed.
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