Ease Chronic Inflammation & Avoid Disease with Brussels Sprouts

Ease Chronic Inflammation & Avoid Disease

Shared by Dr. Tim Dunn

Ease Chronic Inflammation & Avoid Disease

As a Chiropractor, I have patients come in looking for the cause of their neck or back pain. Along with a physical exam, we also delve into their diet and nutrition.  Much of the chronic inflammation we experience stems from what we eat.  This article will be focusing on brussels sprouts, and I will be going over a research article showing how brussels sprouts can help to reduce cancer causing agents in the body. I have also included a great tasting recipe I use myself to make sure I’m getting my brussels sprouts in my diet.  Cruciferous vegetables have long been thought to have many health benefits. Brussel sprouts are loaded with vitamin c, omega 3’s, and cancer fighting glucosinates and are considered a super food. In a research article by Hans Verhagen et al, they showed that consuming 300g of brussels sprouts per day helped to reduce cancer causing agents in the body by 28% over a 3-week period.


Quotes from Article

“The effect of consumption of Brussels sprouts on levels of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) in human urine was investigated in 10 healthy, male, non-smoking volunteers.”

“Following a 3 week run-in period, five volunteers continued on a diet free of cruciferous vegetables for a subsequent 3 week intervention period (control group), while the other five (sprouts group) consumed 300 g of cooked Brussels sprouts per day”

“In the control group there was no difference between the two periods in levels of 8-oxodG (P = 0.72). In contrast, in the sprouts group the levels of 8-oxodG were decreased by 28% during the intervention period (P = 0.039).”

“The present findings support the results of epidemiologic studies that consumption of cruciferous vegetables may result in a decreased cancer risk.”


In summary, brussels sprouts should be a staple in everyone’s diet for their health benefits and cancer fighting properties. Choosing smart recipes like this one is just one way we can make a healthy choice of what we are fueling our bodies with so that we can live the best lives we can. In our chiropractic clinic we always tell our patients to focus on moving well, eating well, and thinking well. These things will all contribute in easing chronic inflammation and pain in the body. As always, we at the chiro health team are here to help and educate. See a great tasting brussels sprouts recipe below.


  • Brussels Sprouts Halved
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar


Cooking Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron pan, then add your Brussels sprouts. Cook undisturbed until caramelized.
  2. Add spices and stir. Continue to cook and stir until the Brussels sprouts are deep dark golden brown.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Add a handful of Parmesan cheese, nuts, or herbs, or enjoy them as they are.



Hans Verhagen, Henrik E. Poulsen, Steffen Loft, Geert van Poppel, Marianne I. Willems, Peter J. van Bladeren, Reduction of oxidative DNA-damage in humans by Brussels sprouts, Carcinogenesis, Volume 16, Issue 4, April 1995, Pages 969–970, https://doi.org/10.1093/carcin/16.4.969


Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our Chiropractors located in McKinney, near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Stonebridge Dr., will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diabetes and other diseases!