The Health Benefits of Bok Choy

Ok, I will admit it. Up until about three years ago, I had never tasted bok choy in my life. It just wasn’t a common vegetable that I would think to include in my diet! Once I tried it, I was hooked! Today, I probably prepare one meal a week with bok choy as either a side dish or included with the main entrée. It has a fantastic texture and a very smooth taste. Bok choy is in the same family as cabbage, broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts and is full of healing properties.  Here are some of the health benefits of eating boy choy:

  • Studies have shown that bok choy can reduce the risk of lung cancer in nonsmokers by 30 percent and in smokers by 69 percent!
  • Bok choy is a good source of calcium, a nutrient needed to keep our bones, teeth, and joints healthy.
  • This vegetable has been shown to promote good heart health and optimal brain function.
  • Worried about aging? Bok choy is full of beta-carotene that can be converted to vitamin A to help reduce the signs of aging.
  • Bok choy is a good source of vitamin C, a nutrient needed to keep our immune system strong.
  • Detoxing? Bok choy helps the liver in detoxification and protects it from the effects of stress, pollution, and aging factors in our modern environment.
References: Watts, Charlotte100 Foods to Stay Young. (2010). Parragon Books, UK.

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