1. They may help prevent diabetes
Fibre is an essential part of our diet, and most people don’t reach their recommended daily intake. Fibre promotes good digestive health; it can also help to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. A diet rich in fibre can help to prevent diseases such as diabetes, bowel cancer and heart disease.
2. Sprouts are packed with vitamins and nutrients
Brussels sprouts contain a wide range of nutrients, minerals and vitamins including:
- Vitamin K – helps the blood clot
- Vitamin C – aids growth, development and repair of body tissues
- Vitamin A – great for excellent vision and eye health
- Folic acid – produces and maintains red blood cells
- Manganese – supports brain health
- Lutein and zeaxanthin – important nutrients for eye health
3. They may reduce your risk of AMD and cataracts
Brussels sprouts are a great way of getting omega 3 fatty acids for those who choose not to eat oily fish. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids support brain health in battling anxiety and depression, but they also aid eye health by producing tears, which can help those with dry eye. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids and phytonutrients can help to reduce diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
4. They support bone health
The vitamin K in brussels sprouts helps to keep your bones healthy by increasing bone density and reducing the risk of bone injury in women who are postmenopausal.
5. They may have potential cancer-fighting properties
Brussels sprouts are high in antioxidants and compounds which are said to protect against cancer causing agents. They contain a compound called isothiocyanates and research suggests that these compounds could have anti-cancer effects. This includes restricting the growth of tumours. Nevertheless, there is no concrete evidence of this.
Try supplements for eye health
If you struggle to eat a varied and colourful diet, you might want to consider taking supplements instead. You could try PreserVision Tablets by Bausch and Lomb, these supplements contain vitamins A, C, E and Zinc to keep eyes healthy and functioning at their best. Although it’s always best to get your vitamins from food first, where this isn’t possible, supplements offer an excellent alternative.
Have a balanced approach this Christmas
The festive period is definitely a time for enjoying all of your favourite foods, but this should be balanced out with some fruits, vegetables and fibre-rich foods where possible.
For some, the humble sprout is a dreaded dish at the Christmas dinner table, but the numerous health benefits of this vegetable shouldn’t be underestimated. At Feel Good Contacts, we recommend eating a varied diet this Christmas to reap the maximum health benefits. If you're looking for some more food suggestions to support your eye health in particular, take a look at our top 10 food tips to improve your eyesight.