Cauliflower

18/Description

About

Cauliflower is a vegetable. The head or curd of cauliflower is commonly eaten as food or as a medicine.

Cauliflower is taken by mouth as an antioxidant and to increase urination; for anemia, menopause, scurvy, and weight loss; and to prevent bladder cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer.

How it works

Cauliflower contains chemicals that might help the body get rid of components from food or the environment that are thought to cause cancer. Cauliflower might also have antioxidant activity.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Bladder cancer

Bladder cancer: There is some evidence that people who eat large amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing bladder cancer. However, some conflicting results suggest that eating cauliflower alone is not linked with a lower risk of bladder cancer.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer: Some early research suggests that eating cauliflower and related vegetables is linked with a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. However, eating cauliflower and related vegetables does not appear to be linked with breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

Diabetes

Diabetes: Early research suggests that women who eat cauliflower and related vegetables do not have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who don't eat these vegetables.

Stroke that is caused by a clot (ischemic stroke)

Stroke that is caused by a clot (ischemic stroke): Early research suggests that eating larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables is linked with a lower risk of ischemic stroke in some people.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer: Early research shows that eating larger amounts of cauliflower is linked with a lower risk of developing lung cancer in women but not men.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Early research suggests that women who eat larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, eating cauliflower and related vegetables does not seem to be linked with a lower risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer: Early research shows that people who eat larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

Menopause
Scurvy
Weight loss
Heart disease
Osteoporosis
Other conditions

Concerns

Likely safe

Cauliflower is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in food amounts. It isn't known if cauliflower is safe or what the possible side effects might be when taken in medicinal amounts.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information about the safety of eating cauliflower in medicinal amounts duringpregnancyor breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to usual food amounts.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates)

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver.Cauliflower might increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking cauliflower along with some medications that are changed by the liver can decrease the effectiveness of some medications. Before taking cauliflower talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some of these medications that are changed by the liver include clozapine (Clozaril), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), fluvoxamine (Luvox), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), mexiletine (Mexitil), olanzapine (Zyprexa), pentazocine (Talwin), propranolol (Inderal), tacrine (Cognex), theophylline, zileuton (Zyflo), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others.

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