Category Archives: Glucosinolates

Phytochemistry of White Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

White cabbage (Brassica oleraceae) is a cruciferous vegetable belonging to the same family as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, watercress and cauliflower. Cabbage is a relatively cheap vegetable and is commonly available in large parts of the world, which makes it an … Continue reading

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Vitamin C and Isothiocyanate Concentrations in Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a Brassica family vegetable. Watercress is rich in antioxidants which may explain its health effects. For example, studies show that the leaves of watercress contain 43 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams of fresh leaves. … Continue reading

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Glucosinolates in Brassica rapa (Turnips)

Turnips (Brassica rapa) are a member of the Brassica family of plants. As with all Brassica plants, turnips are high in glucosinolates. Turnip greens are particularly rich in glucosinolates, and this contributes significantly to their bitterness. Glucosinolates can be grouped … Continue reading

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The Nutritional Content of Brassica Plants

The brassica family of plants are a nutritionally important group of plants that include kale, Brussel sprouts, watercress, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. These plants have been evidence to confer beneficial health effects to humans. The plants contain a range of … Continue reading

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Stability of Glucosinolates in Red Cabbage

Glucosinolates are phytochemicals that are secondary metabolites produced by dicotyledons. The Brasicaceae family is the richest source of glucosinolates and most dietary glucosinolates come from vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Glucosinolates have been shown to possess … Continue reading

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Can Broccoli Protect the Liver?

Non-alcoholic liver disease is a condition that is pathologically identical to alcoholic fatty liver disease. Both of these diseases have a similar aetiology, although non-alcoholic fatty liver disease results from an overconsumption of fructose, whereas alcoholic fatty liver disease results … Continue reading

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The Nutritional Content of Broccoli

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Brassica Isothiocyanates

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Water Cress: The Forgotten Brassica Vegetable

Watercress is a semi-aquatic plant with alternate toothed leaves and small white flowers (figure 1). The watercress plant is native to Western and central Europe, and can be found in the United Kingdom growing in streams and ditches. The popularity … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts as a Source of Glucosinolates

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