Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are full of nutrients that help keep you healthy.
However if you have thyroid problems and are taking vital steps to recover your thyroid health you may want to strictly avoid these vegetables, especially in their raw state.
What’s the go with cruciferous vegetables?
Cruciferous vegetables are also known as Brassica vegetables. These green vegetables are members of the Cruciferae, or mustard family. Their name is based on the shape of their flowers which have four equal sized petals that form the shape of a crucifix.
The most commonly consumed cruciferous vegetables include; kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccolini, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, radish, mustard greens, collard greens, choy sum, horseradish, turnips, rocket and wasabi.
The health protective effects of cruciferous vegetables
One of the unique things about cruciferous vegetables is that they are rich sources of glucosinolates. These sulphur containing compounds give these vegetables their pungent aroma and spicy taste.
Glucosinolates break down into several biologically active compounds that are being studied for their promising anti-cancer effects. For most people consuming cruciferous vegetables may help lower their risk of developing cancer.
However for people with thyroid problems or a low thyroid these vegetables should be strictly avoided, particularly in their raw state or in excessive amounts.
Cruciferous vegetables block healthy thyroid activity
The word ‘goitrogen’ is derived from the word ‘goitre’, a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes enlarged. The term is also used to describe a food that interferes with proper thyroid function. The most common goitrogenic foods are vegetables from the cruciferous family, and soy foods.
Goitrogenic foods may not necessarily cause a goitre, but they do have the potential to block proper thyroid activity by inhibiting the action of iodine and causes thyroid problems. This goitrogenic effect is far more noticeable when a person has an iodine deficiency.
The kale craze and green smoothies
Kale has become a very popular ingredient in freshly prepared green smoothies. This means some health conscious individuals could be consuming kale on most days. The fact is, consuming too much of this cruciferous vegetable can shut down the thyroid and causes thyroid problems.
Whenever you over consume one vegetable you are also taking in a greater quantity of the anti-nutritional factors of that particular plant. Plants have different chemicals to deter animals, including plant eating humans, from over grazing on them.
Can you return to eating cruciferous vegetables?
When your thyroid health is restored it is possible to re-introduce small amounts of a variety of cooked, or lightly steamed cruciferous vegetables to your daily diet. This should be done along with providing your thyroid with the nutrients it requires to function properly.
One of the most important nutrients to support ongoing thyroid health is iodine. Zinc, selenium, tyrosine and B group vitamins are also very important.
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