By July 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

How To Get More Cancer Protection From Your Broccoli

Flickr - Broccoli - jules-stonesoupMargie King, GreenMedInfo
Waking Times

Research has shown repeatedly that cruciferous vegetables fight cancer.  Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower contain a cancer-protective compound called sulforaphane.  This powerful compound improves the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and other toxins.

In fact, broccoli has been shown to kill the stem cells that make cancer immortal.

While broccoli is a rich source of sulphoraphane, sprouting broccoli boosts sulphoraphane content to superfood levels.

Three-day-old broccoli sprouts contain 10-100 times higher levels of sulforaphane than a mature head of broccoli.  Just one ounce of broccoli sprouts contains as much sulforaphane as one-and-a-half pounds of broccoli.  Broccoli sprouts been proven to be very effective in reducing breast cancer risks.

A University of Illinois study published in The British Journal of Nutrition suggests that combining broccoli with broccoli sprouts may make the vegetable’s anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful.

According to Elizabeth Jeffery, a professor of nutrition at the University, it takes only three to five servings of broccoli per week to obtain the cancer prevention benefits.

But it’s important that the broccoli you eat still has a live enzyme called myrosinase.  This enzyme is needed to form the sulforaphane, its active cancer fighting substance.

The problem is that many people overcook their broccoli.  Cooking broccoli too long or at too high a heat will destroy the myrosinase.  One study showed that two minutes in a microwave or seven minutes of steaming will destroy myrosinase.

Jeffery recommends steaming broccoli for only two to four minutes to protect both the enzyme and the vegetable’s other nutrients.

Another way to make sure you’re getting myrosinase is to eat raw broccoli sprouts.  They have an abundant supply.

The researchers noted that some health-conscious consumers use broccoli powder supplements especially if they don’t like broccoli.  But taking supplements doesn’t always work if the supplements don’t contain the enzyme.  The researchers hypothesized that myrosinase combined with broccoli powder would increase the sulforaphane content.

The study was small.  Four healthy men ate broccoli sprouts alone, broccoli powder alone, or a combination of the two. Tests performed three hours after the meals showed an almost twofold increase in sulforaphane absorption when sprouts and powder were eaten together.

According to the researchers, this indicated that myrosinase from the broccoli sprouts produced sulforaphane not only from the sprouts but also from the broccoli powder.

The authors note that other sulforaphane containing foods, such as mustard, radishes, arugula, and wasabi, can be added to broccoli to boost its effects. For example, they suggest sprinkling broccoli sprouts on broccoli.  Or you could make a mustard or wasabi sauce to serve with broccoli.

Broccoli sprouts are becoming very popular.  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a line of broccoli sprouts and sprout blends under the brand name BroccoSprouts. You can find them at health foods stores, Whole Foods Markets and many supermarkets.

Broccoli sprouts should be eaten raw.  They are great on sandwiches, in wraps or as a salad topping.

About the Author

Margie King is a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and practicing corporate attorney for 20 years, Margie left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. She now works with midlife women and busy professionals to improve their health, energy and happiness through individual and group coaching, as well as webinars, workshops and cooking classes. She is also a professional copywriter and prolific health and nutrition writer whose work appears as the National Nutrition Examiner. To contact Margie, visit www.NourishingMenopause.com.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WakingTimes or its staff.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with the buttons below…

Post a Comment

Media Gallery

The Brain’s Capacity to Shield Us from True Reality

The Brain’s Capacity to Shield Us from True Reality

Video - Exploring how our brains use time and space as a way of making sense of our surroundings.

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Benefits of Note-So-Famous Leafy Greens

The Benefits of Note-So-Famous Leafy Greens

Infographic - A chart that highlights not-so-famous leafy greens such as arugula and mustard greens and shows just how these foods benefit the human body.

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Healing the Soul – The Road to Wellness

Healing the Soul – The Road to Wellness

Video – Biochemist shares what he learned about wellness by participating in the Secoya tribe’s healing yaje ceremony.

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Two-Minute Meditation for Any Moment of Your Day

Two-Minute Meditation for Any Moment of Your Day

Video – Try this 2-minute anywhere, anytime and even in the middle of anything.

By October 23, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
A Car That’s Powered by Saltwater

A Car That’s Powered by Saltwater

Video – The QUANT is a fully electric car powered by nanoFLOWCELL® energy storage technology that uses saltwater.

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Recent by Waking Times

Ancient Sunken Cities – 3 Puzzling Enigmas

Ancient Sunken Cities – 3 Puzzling Enigmas

Terence Newton Hundreds of sunken cities are buried under the vast ocean waters of Earth, and what they are telling us could change our view of humanity’s history…

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Dodging the Tuition Debt Bullet

Dodging the Tuition Debt Bullet

Anna Hunt – Student tuition debt is astronomical in the US, and Germany announces free higher ed for all…

By October 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Where the Warrior Comes In: Authenticity vs. Manipulation

Where the Warrior Comes In: Authenticity vs. Manipulation

Ida Lawrence, Contributor Waking Times At this moment in time, as we stand on the precipice of devolution or evolution, what does ‘pay attention’ mean to us? Our hearts seek wisdom and courage, and the justified faith that attention can bring. We came into this, so is attention the price of being born… an obligation? […]

A Call To Hearts Lifting to the Higher Self

A Call To Hearts Lifting to the Higher Self

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Contributor Waking Times When are we going to stop thinking in terms of religion, country, tribe, town, neighborhood, planet, business and I. When will we begin to think in terms of humanity and helping all people reach higher? Yes. It is natural to think about self, but when are we going to […]

By October 7, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Inducing Higher Intelligence and Heightened Senses with Gamma Brain Waves

Inducing Higher Intelligence and Heightened Senses with Gamma Brain Waves

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times Brainwave entrainment is a way to train the brain to synchronize to a certain frequency, such as gamma, beta, delta, theta and alpha. Each frequency matches a certain state of consciousness. For example, delta is the brainwave dominant while in an unconscious state such as sleeping; while theta and […]