New research has just emerged that shows just how important cruciferous vegetables are as part of a healthy diet, especially if you’re a woman.  It’s a piece of simple of advice which I give out, particularly to my female clients, every single day.

‘Eat cruciferous vegetables and plenty of them’

It really is that simple, and recent research is now backing this advice even stronger than before.

A team of scientists led by Dr Xiao Ou Shu at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee used data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, which monitored 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors for 4 years from 2002-2006.  The researchers found that those who ate increased amounts of cruciferous vegetables within the first 36 months following their diagnosis had a higher survival rate.

So where do I find cruciferous vegetables?

The name sounds a bit scary, but the likelihood is that you’re probably including plenty of cruciferous vegetables in your diet already but just aren’t aware of it.  Best examples are broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, bok choi, Brussels sprouts, cress and similar green leaf vegetables.  For interesting ideas on how to include more cruciferous vegetables in your diet have a look at  – One of my favourite websites and organic fruit and vegetable box delivery companies.


American Association for Cancer Research Annual Congress. Xiao SO, Nechuta SJ, Lu W et al.  Cruciferous vegetable consumption linked to improved breast cancer survival rates

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