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Bok Choy Health Benefits

Bok Choy, or Chinese cabbage, is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These cruciferous vegetables seem to have specific benefits for cancer prevention.

Bok Choy or leafy Chinese cabbage is one of the popular mainland crops in China, Philippines, Vietnam and other oriental regions.


Bok Choy is one of the popular leafy-vegetables very low in calories. Nonetheless, it is a very rich source of many vital phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and health-benefiting anti-oxidants.


Bok-Choy has more vitamin A, carotenes, and other flavonoids polyphenolic anti-oxidants than cabbage, cauliflower, etc. Just 100 g of fresh vegetable provides 4468 IU or 149% of daily-required levels vitamin A.


Bok Choy contains glucosinolates which may be important for your immune system and to help prevent cancer.


Chopping Bok Choy and eating it raw may be best. Enzymes in Bok Choy that produce the cancer-fighting compounds inside your body are preserved when Bok Choy is left uncooked.


On the other hand, cooking Bok Choy can improve the absorption of another class of health-promoting compounds.


The carotenoids found in bok choy may be better absorbed if you gently cook Bok Choy first and then serve with a meal that contains some fat.


In addition to calcium, you need magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin K to build and maintain strong bones. Calcium and phosphorus combine to form hydroxyapatite, which is the primary mineral in bones and teeth.


Magnesium creates the collagen matrix that supports the minerals.


Vitamin K is better known for its role in blood clotting, but it also regulates mineralization of bones. The calcium and magnesium essential for bones also play a role in maintaining a healthy heart.


Potassium present in Bok Choy not only helps in treating hypertension, but it also takes part in keeping your blood sugar level under control.


The mineral can also stimulate our mental well-being by relieving tension, stress and anxiety.


When it comes to slimming down, you can certainly rely on Bok Choy. It is full of vital nutrients, loaded with dietary fibers and above all, significantly low in calorie. Hence, losing weight becomes easy and effortless with this vegetable.

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