Cancer research has found cruciferous vegetables, including brussels sprouts, to have positive influences: See the American Institute for Cancer Research’s entry on Brussels sprouts at https://www.aicr.org/cancer-prevention/food-facts/brussels-sprouts/.
they also contain an antioxidant called “cucurbitacin”: See Ujjwal Kaushik, Vidhu Aeri, and Showkat R. Mir, “Cucurbitacins – An Insight into Medicinal Leads from Nature,” Pharmacogn Rev 9, no. 17 (January–June 2015): 12–18. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.156314.
the richest vegetable source of lutein and zeaxanthin: M. El-Sayed, et al., “Dietary Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Carotenoids and Their Role in Eye Health,” Nutrients 5, no. 4 (April 2013): 1169–85. doi: 10.3390/nu5041169.
“a deficiency in folate is equivalent to standing under ionizing radiation due to the DNA damage it causes”: See Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s podcast interview on the Tim Ferris Show, “Exploring Smart Drugs, Fasting, and Fat Loss—Dr. Rhonda Patrick (#237)” on May 4, 2017.
folate has also been shown to play a role in protecting telomeres: See Wen Li, et al., “Folic Acid Decreases Astrocyte Apoptosis by Preventing Oxidative Stress-Induced Telomere Attrition,” Int J Mol Sci 21, no. 1 (December 2019): 62. doi: 10.3390/ijms21010062. Also see Jane Katherine Murray, et al., “ ‘Generation Pup’ – Protocol for a Longitudinal Study of Dog Behavior and Health,” BMC Vet Res 17, no. 1 (January 2021): 1. doi: 10.1186/s12917-020-02730-8.