Thursday, July 19, 2012

12 vegetables that relieve sinus congestion


Vegetables relieve sinus congestion.
But, which vegetables?
Cruciferous vegetables open up blocked sinuses. You can add these vegetables to soups.
What are cruciferous vegetables?
If you are not familiar with the term, never mind, as you eat these nutrient-rich vegetables regularly.
There are a dozen of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage…
Simple, isn’t?
These are referred to as cruciferous vegetables, as their primary leaves look like a cross. The primary leaves appear immediately after the seeds sprout. The cruciferous also has 4-petal flowers that resemble to a cross. The vegetables belong to Cruciferae family of plants. The vegetables, a rich source of selenium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, insoluble and soluble fiber, and vitamin C are also called brassicas. Selenium is popular for its anticancer properties.
You can choose the vegetable according to your taste and preference. Here is the complete list of cruciferous vegetables.



  1. Deep blue-green broccoli resembles cauliflower. You can cook broccoli and / or eat the raw vegetable. Tightly closed flowers ensure freshness, whereas open flowers indicate that the vegetable is stale.
  2. Brussels sprouts, resembling cabbage, are known as rose cabbage in German. You can eat raw sprouts or cook them. To enjoy its delicate flavor, buy small size sprouts.
  3. Cauliflower, the aristocrat of the cabbage family, is yellowish and white in color. Mostly the cooked vegetable is preferred. Cauliflower pickles are also common. It is called “vegetable liver” for its high iron content.
  4. Cabbage is cultivated around the world. You can buy Oriental and Western cabbages. Asia produces most of the cabbage.
  5. Collard greens, resembling the flat leaves of cabbage, belongs to the cabbage family. Eat deep green and flabby collard. You can add the greens to soups.
  6. Watercress is a member of the mustard family. The aquatic perennial is cultivated in moist soil along the streams. The pungent leaves are used for soups and salads.
  7. Horseradish is a perennial herb with sharp mustard-like taste. The leaves and roots are used in food.
  8. Mustard greens’ large dark green leaves have sharp mustard flavor. Young leaves can be eaten raw, whereas older leaves are cooked.
  9. Rutabaga, a root vegetable, belongs to the cabbage family. The vegetable sweeter than turnips is the result of crossbreeding of a cabbage and turnip. Rutabaga clears up the sinus congestion and mucus.
  10. Turnips, white and purplish color root vegetable, is used to make curries and / or eaten raw.
  11. Blue-green to green kale leaves resemble and taste like cabbage. The young leaves may be eaten raw, whereas mature leaves are cooked as soup, curry, or stew.
  12. Kohlrabi is also known as turnip cabbage or cabbage turnip. The vegetable can substitute turnips and cabbage in stews and soups. You can also eat raw kohlrabi.

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