Cauliflower is used for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Bladder cancer. People who eat large amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables might have a lower risk of developing bladder cancer. But conflicting results exist.
- Breast cancer. Postmenopausal women who eat large amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables don't seem to have a lower risk of breast cancer.
- Diabetes. Women who eat cauliflower and related vegetables don't seem to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who don't eat these vegetables.
- Lung cancer. Eating larger amounts of cauliflower has been linked with a lower risk of developing lung cancer in women but not men.
- Cancer that starts in white blood cells (non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Women who eat larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables might have a lower risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But eating cauliflower and related vegetables isn't linked with a lower risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men.
- Prostate cancer. People who eat larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables might have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Stroke. Eating larger amounts of cauliflower and related vegetables has been linked with a lower risk of strokes caused by blood clots.
- Low levels of healthy red blood cells (anemia) due to iron deficiency.
- Heart disease.
- Symptoms of menopause.
- Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis).
- A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency (scurvy).
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates) interacts with CAULIFLOWER
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 those 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.
Be cautious with this combination
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