Recommended Vegetables for Blood Type A
Eat vegetables raw or steamed to preserve their full benefits. Buy organic and non-GMO vegetables when possible.
Vegetables provide vital minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants. All green-yellow-orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-complex, C, and K.
Vegetable fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Potassium may help maintain healthy blood pressure. Folate (folic acid) helps the body form healthy red blood cells. Women who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida during fetal development.
Most vegetables are beneficial for type A’s, but there are a few exceptions. Peppers and the mold in pickled, canned, or bottled olives irritate the sensitive stomach of type A. Type A’s are very sensitive to the lectins in cabbage, most potatoes, including sweet potatoes and yams. Avoid tomatoes, as their lectins have a deleterious effect on the type A digestive tract.
Broccoli (also broccoli leaves and sprouts) is highly recommended for type A’s. Broccoli is high-fiber, low-calorie, and high in sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Sulforophane has anti-cancer properties and may promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body. Studies suggest that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers, especially stomach and lung cancers. Its antioxidant benefits strengthen the immune system and prevent abnormal cell division. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange and is rich in beta-carotene.
A natural antibiotic and immune system booster, garlic is good for the blood and your sensitive immune system. It is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure) and cancer (stomach, prostate, mouth, throat, kidney, colorectal).
Onions also are excellent immune boosters. They contain chemical compounds such as phenolics and flavonoids that have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties.