BRUSSELS SPROUT

OTHER NAME(S):

Bao Zi Gan Lan, Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera, Brüsseler Kohl, Brysselkål, Cavola a Germoglio, Cavola di Bruxelles, Chou À Mille Pommes, Chou de Bruxelles, Col de Bruselas, Couve de Bruxelas, Kapusta Warzywna Brukselka, Kohlsprossen, Me Kanran, Me Kyabetsu, Repollo de Bruselas, Rooskapsas, Rosen-Wirsing, Rosenkål, Rosenkohl, Ruusukaali, Spruit, Ya Gan Lan.

Overview

Overview Information

Brussels sprout is a leafy green vegetable that is commonly eaten as a food source or as a medicine.

Brussels sprout is taken by mouth as an antioxidant; for constipation, scurvy, and wound healing; and to prevent prostate problems, bladder cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, lung cancer, birth defects due to low folic acid levels, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer.

How does it work?

Brussels sprout contains chemicals that are thought to help prevent cancer. For breast cancer in particular, eating Brussels sprout might change the way estrogen is used in the body, which might reduce the risk of breast cancer. Brussels sprout also has antioxidant activity.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): Some early research suggests that eating large amounts of Brussels sprout is not linked with a sizable reduction in the risk of BPH.
  • Bladder cancer: There is some evidence that people who eat large amounts of Brussels sprout and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing bladder cancer.
  • Breast cancer: Some early research suggests that eating Brussels sprout and related vegetables is linked with a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. However, other early research suggests that eating Brussels sprout and related vegetables is not associated with a higher or lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women or women in general.
  • Diabetes: Early research suggests that women who eat Brussels sprout and related vegetables do not have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Stroke that is caused by a clot (ischemic stroke): Early research suggests that eating larger amounts of Brussels sprout and related vegetables is linked with a lower risk of ischemic stroke.
  • Lung cancer: Some research shows that eating larger amounts of Brussels sprout and broccoli is linked with a lower risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Early research suggests that women who eat larger amounts of Brussels sprout and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, eating Brussels sprout and related vegetables does not seem to be linked with a lower risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men.
  • Pancreatic cancer: Early research suggests that people who eat larger amounts of Brussels sprout do not have a lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • Prostate cancer: Some early research shows that people who eat larger amounts of Brussels sprout and related vegetables have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Constipation.
  • Scurvy.
  • Wound healing.
  • Heart disease.
  • Birth defects due to low folic acid levels (neural tube defects).
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Brussels sprout for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Brussels sprout is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in food amounts. However, eating Brussels sprout might cause gas.

It isn’t known if Brussels sprout is safe or what the possible side effects might be when taken in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough information about the safety of eating Brussels sprout in medicinal amounts during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to usual food amounts.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Eating Brussels sprout might cause gas. This could make symptoms of IBS worse.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for BRUSSELS SPROUT Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Brussels sprout depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Brussels sprout. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

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  • Osborne MP. Chemoprevention of breast cancer. Surg Clin North Am 1999;79(5):1207-1221. View abstract.
  • Ovesen L, Lyduch S, Idorn ML. The effect of a diet rich in Brussels sprouts on warfarin pharmacokinetics. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 1998;34(5):521-523. View abstract.
  • Pantuck EJ, Pantuck CB, Anderson KE, et al. Effect of brussels sprouts and cabbage on drug conjugation. Clin Pharmacol Ther 1984;35:161-9. View abstract.
  • Papapolychroniadis C. Environmental and other risk factors for colorectal carcinogenesis. Tech Coloproctol 2004;8 Suppl 1:s7-s9. View abstract.
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