Cruciferous Vegetables

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Executive Summary

Integrating cruciferous vegetables into your daily diet can improve digestive health, result in more balanced sebum production, and reduce skin sensitivity.


Cruciferous vegetables (sometimes referred to as cole crops in the USA) are vegetables which belong to the brassicaceae/mustard family.

Some of the more popular vegetables from this family include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage (green and red)
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi

Documented Benefits:

These vegetables have been shown to be of benefit in cancer prevention, immune stimulation, blood sugar regulation and hormone balance (specifically estrogen) [1]. Additionally, regular consumption of cruciferous has been shown to have a positive effect on gut health and the residing gut microbiota [].

Why It’s Important for Inflammatory Skin Disease

Characteristics most important for individuals affected by inflammatory skin disorders:

  • Healthier immune system function
  • Improved digestive health
  • Better blood sugar control

Expected improvements:

  • Balanced sebum production
  • Improved sebum composition and stability
  • Reduced skin hypersensitivity

Ideas for Integration:

From my experience the easiest way to consistently eat several portions of cruciferous vegetables is to buy pre-washed coleslaw. Bags of pre-washed coleslaw are sold at most super markets and are fairly inexpensive. However, this may not be an option in all countries.

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