Day 3 of our Healthy Skin Challenge – Focus on crucifers!
Cruciferous or Brassica vegetables have some powerful attributes, including the reported ability to prevent cancer and regulate hormones. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D and E and scientists have isolated a constituent in cruciferous vegetables called Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) that is especially beneficial to estrogen metabolism. When I3C combines with stomach acid it creates 3,3-Diindolylmethane, or DIM. The metabolism of DIM promotes healthy estrogen metabolism which many report eases hormonal acne flares and other symptoms of peri-menopause like hot flashes and breast tenderness.
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Today’s challenge is to continue to focus on eating 5-7 colorful fruits and veggies, and to make sure that one serving comes from the cruciferous family.
Try this broccoli, Brussels sprouts and arugula salad for a salad packed with cruciferous vegetables!