Aloo Gobi is a classic Indian dish made with potatoes (aloo) and cauliflower (gobi) that happens to be a super-powered Ayurvedic detox dish.
These humble vegetables may not sound like much, but they are loaded with antioxidants that protect cells from harmful free radicals and inflammation and which help your body metabolize toxins.
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized and helps digestive enzymes inside your stomach break down the food you eat into nutrients your body can utilize. Once broken down, the nutrients are absorbed into the blood and feed vital organs. Ayurveda never forgets that good health depends on good digestion.
The cauliflower and potatoes in this dish are brought to life by the health-promoting, detoxifying flavors of ginger, garlic, onions, turmeric, cumin, and other cancer-fighting spices.
Cauliflower contains carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants which have anti-cancer effects and may reduce the risk of several other illnesses, including heart disease. One extensively-studied antioxidant is sulforaphane, which has been found to suppress cancer growth and development, and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Research also shows that cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower support detoxification as they contain glucosinolates and sulfur that filter and detoxify the blood and escort toxins and heavy metals out of the body. Not only that, cauliflower is packed with vitamins C, K and B6, choline, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
The high content of antioxidants and carotenoids in potatoes is not widely appreciated. In particular, potatoes are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which have been found to protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataract formation. These compounds are present in the flesh of all potatoes. Potatoes are also abundant in amino acids that inhibit viral growth.
Fenugreek, traditionally used to improve digestive and menopausal symptoms, has been found to be selectively toxic to cancer cells but leaves healthy cells alone. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and antioxidant properties. Studies show that turmeric (curcumin) has significant cancer-preventive qualities, especially when paired with the naturally occurring substance phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), found abundantly in cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower.
Curcumin is also one of the most potent anti-inflammatory natural substances known. Mustard seeds, which are actually in the brassica family (cruciferous), offer anticancer and anti-inflammatory support. Coriander seeds support healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
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