Brassica Foods...Detox Superstars
We have all heard about the immense benefits of eating from the Brassica (AKA cruciferous) family of foods, such as, broccoli, collard greens, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower but many of us do not know why these foods are so protective and nourishing.
When we chop and chew these vegetables we stimulate the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer-causing chemicals. These delicious plants also contain many plant chemicals that work as antioxidants, which disarm free radicals circulating in our body that can damage DNA, cell membranes and fat containing molecules such as cholesterol. If that is not enough these foods contain substantial amounts of Vitamins C, K and A, which protect both our aqueous environments and our fat-containing molecules and structures. This is huge! Our bodies need this type of protection in a major way.
An interesting study of over 1,200 men found that those who ate 28 servings of vegetables per week had a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer. However, those who consumed just 3 or more servings of cruciferous vegetables each week had a 44% lower prostate risk. Sounds like more bang for your buck to me!
I often hear in my practice that it is difficult to get in enough vegetables with today's busy lives. If this rings true for you choose wisely and go for these superstar veggies. Daily detoxification strategies are so important in this less than pure world we are living in.
Cole slaw, roasted brussel sprouts, mock mashed potatoes made with cauliflower, sauteed greens and cream of broccoli soup are all tasty ways to take advantage of the many benefits of the brassica family of foods. See the recipe below to start detoxing naturally today.
For those who are chemically sensitive, at a greater risk of cancer, who have cancer or have overcome cancer, supplementation with broccoli seed extract can help you to receive the potential benefits this plant can offer. If you are interested in learning more about supplementation with these compounds please contact me.