There are many seasonal staples that come out around the Christmas season that have some amazing hidden healthy benefits. If you make sure you include them in your Christmas season food wish list, you will find the jolly season not as damaging as you might believe.
Sprout to HealthBrussel sprouts may not be on everyone’s Christmas menu, but they go extremely well with all vegetables and especially well with the traditional Christmas turkey.
Evidence suggests that the humble Brussel sprout contain super concentrated levels of key nutrients.
There are many studies suggesting that there are positive health benefits of this cruciferous vegetable in relationship to cancer.
‘This connection between Brussels sprouts and cancer prevention should not be surprising since Brussels sprouts provide special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are:
- The body's detox system,
- Its antioxidant system, and
- Its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly.
TurkeyTurkey is a rich source of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is used to create the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is then converted to a neurotransmitter called melatonin, which helps induce a deep sleep. Therefore, eating turkey can help you sleep! It is important to consume tryptophan rich foods with a carbohydrate source such as baked potatoes to allow the amino acid to cross the blood brain barrier where it can be converted efficiently.
This would explain the post-Christmas dinner coma!