Broccoli: King of Cruciferous

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Broccoli

It’s no wonder that broccoli has been crowned king when it comes to cancer-fighting properties.   Hundreds of studies have been done on broccoli and its cruciferous family, and in addition to its many health benefits, cancer prevention is its claim to fame! Broccoli has been associated with reduced risk of several different types of cancer, and the research is strong when it comes to breast cancer specifically. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Broccoli contains indole-3 carbinol (I3C) a phytochemical that simply put converts the “bad” or stronger form of estrogen to a safer, weaker version. Studies have also shown that I3C actually caused cancer cells to self-destruct! LOVE that! So, I3C is invaluable in protecting the body.
It just blows my mind that nature created such an amazing food with such special powers! Oh, but there’s more! The next cancer-fighting superstar in broccoli is sulforaphane, a phytochemical also found in other cruciferous vegetables. It’s thought that this compound might help remove or neutralize carcinogens or affect your body's hormone levels in a positive way to prevent hormone-related cancers. Sulforaphane also increases enzymes in your liver that help destroy cancer-causing chemicals you may consume or be exposed to in your environment. This compound has even been called one of the most powerful anti-carcinogens found in food. If this doesn’t get you eating broccoli, I don’t know what will :)

Added Benefits

Brocolli is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A (as natural carotenoids), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, the B vitamins and potassium. You might be surprised to hear that broccoli also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which add to its anti-inflammatory properties. Broccoli also provides cholesterol-lowering benefits and has been shown to prevent heart disease. I admit I wasn’t a big fan of broccoli, but now I can’t get enough of it! First of all, I’ve grown to actually love the taste, but also every time I eat it, I can’t help but think of all the amazing things its doing for my body, and that makes me love it even more! You can keep it simple and steam your broccoli, which is always a good option, but if you’d like to spice things up a bit, give these recipes a try.

Broccoli with Asian Garlic Sauce

by Kaitlin from The Garden Grazer www.thegardengrazer.com http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2013/05/broccoli-with-asian-garlic-sauce.html broccoligarlicsauce2

Cleansing Green Soup

by Ella at Deliciously Ella www.deliciouslyella.com http://deliciouslyella.com/cleansing-green-soup/ soupblog-460x630 I’m including a link to a FABULOUS book that I recently acquired. It is all about the mighty and wonderful Brasssica family and how to cook them all! Not only is it packed with delicious, healthy recipes, but it is visually stunning, too. “Brassicas – Cooking the world’s healthiest vegetables” by Laura B. Russell http://www.laurabrussell.com/books/ Are you a broccoli lover… what’s your go to method of cooking? Share below. email_signoff1

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4 comments on “Broccoli: King of Cruciferous

  1. Good morning,
    Love your posts.
    I especially liked this one because I liked to hear that you, too, didn’t like broccoli but figured out ways to prepare it to eat it. Believe it or not, I feel like I’m still 5 years old. I feel this way about most vegetables. I can never relate when people say they love veggies. And so, I have to figure out “ways”. Perhaps if you ever publish a book or teach a class, this could be a topic? When going thru chemo my Vitamix helped me disguise them ;)

    And how about all of those bras?!

    • Good morning Char,
      What would we do without our Vitamix?!? Glad it got you through :)
      I LOVE your suggestion about trying to help people learn to “love” veggies! Thanks for the great idea. I truly believe that anyone can learn to love them…the more you eat them and consequently “crowd out” the bad, the more your taste buds change and eventually, you actually start to crave them. Crazy as it sounds, I am living proof that it’s true!
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my posts and finding them helpful. Thanks for continuing to follow me…and the bras :)
      Love,
      Alison
      xo

    • Hi Lewis,
      Thanks for sharing this great, simple, healthy recipe with us all! Always love a splash of lemon!! Thanks too, for following :)
      Love,
      Alison
      xo

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