Eating loads of fresh fruit and vegetables regularly can do wonders for the overall health of the body. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients, minerals and the antioxidants needed to support daily bodily functions. Women in particular can add more cruciferous vegetables to their daily diet to help manage hormone problems and prevent certain types of cancers.  

There are several cruciferous vegetables that can be sourced locally and at reasonable prices. Vegies like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Kale, Bok choy and watercress are great sources of vitamins B9, C, K and fiber which all are beneficial to the body in different ways.  Research studies have shown that these vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease and also contain a compound known as glucosinolates which may lower the occurrence of a number of cancers such as colon and breast cancers, pancreatic cancer, and cancer of the bladder. 

Eating these types of vegetables can also help to manage hormone imbalances in women as it helps to detoxify the liver to rid the body of excess hormones like estrogen which can cause serious health issues when there is too much of it in the body such as painful periods, weight gain, fibroids, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and mood fluctuations.  

It is advised to speak to a nutritionist of health care provider if you have issues with your thyroid such as goiters (Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism) or when taking certain medication to get proper direction on how these vegetables can be prepared and consumed without affecting you negatively. 

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