For decades, health professionals and researchers have been touting the tremendous benefits that regular vegetable consumption has on a person’s heart. However, recent research indicates that it’s not actually the vegetables themselves, but rather a compound known as sulforaphane, that is so valuable.

The National Heart and Lung Institute published a study that shows that this compound, found in a variety of vegetables, activates a natural protein in the heart that helps to protect arteries from blockage. Broccoli has the highest concentration of this compound; however, several other vegetables in the broccoli family contain fair amounts of it as well. These include greens such as:

Cabbage”Green
Bok Choy
Kale
Mustard greens
Collard Greens
Other vegetables high in sulforaphane include brussels sprout, turnips, cauliflower, rutabaga, and kohlrabi, a cultivar of cabbage. In addition to sulforaphane, each one of these vegetables is rich in antioxidants, which can help to delay signs of aging as well as protect you from various forms of cancer, and all of them contain essential vitamins and nutrients that help to keep you feeling your best day in and day out.

Every one of these vegetables can be prepared in a variety of healthy and easy ways such as with green juicing recipes, and most are available year-round at your supermarket for reasonable prices. Studies show that consuming several servings of one or more of these heart-healthy vegetables each week can go a long way towards protecting your arteries from becoming clogged. So go easy on the salt and enjoy!

Resources:
http://naturalsociety.com/healthy-heart-diet-plan-foods/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/04/us-heart-broccoli-idUSTRE5833ZZ20090904

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