Humaira Fatima* and Mohammed Omer


This paper communicates the health benefits of nutraceutical plants from the family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) or mustard family. Brassicaceae are regularly named as the ‘‘mustard’’(from the Latin mustum ardens) plant family due to the sharp, potent flavor attributable to their main metabolites, the glucosinolates (GLSs), which contain sulfur. Brassica is a genre of plants associated to family Brassicaceae commonly used as vegetables. Around worldwide it is predicted that most frequently consuming vegetables include cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, broccoli and kohlrabi. These vegetables are also a considerable source of valuable metabolites, which embrace anthocyanins, terpenes, S-methyl cysteine sulfoxide, sulforaphane, selenium, coumarins and glucosinolates. Unitedly, brassicas deliver leaf, flower and root vegetables that are eaten fresh, cooked and processed. Brassica species is robustly linked with the prevention against threat of numerous types of chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, age-related efficient waning and cataracts etc. and thus plays a demanding function in maintaining healthy human life.

Keywords: Brassicaceae, Brassica oleracea, Nutraceutical, Glucosinolates.

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