Senior citizens interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the often cold and sunless winter months may want to go to their local grocery store to pick up some cauliflower.
The vegetable, the white-headed cousin of green-headed broccoli, is an excellent source of phytonutrients and enzymes, which can neutralize toxins that may damage the body's cells, the New York Times reports. Cauliflower also contains vitamins C , K, B5, B6, folate, dietary fiber and omega-3.
People who eat cauliflower regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
The winter months, December through March, are the peak time for the vegetable.
Some seniors may be attracted to the vegetable because of its multiple health benefits, which may allow them to get vitamins naturally instead of relying on supplements.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 81 percent of older adults take prescribed medications. Of that number, more than half combine the drugs with supplements.
When some supplements are mixed with certain medications, it can have adverse effects on the body, Chron.com reports.