I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise if I were to tell you that broccoli is good for you. In fact, I’d be willing to bet on it.
You may have even heard that broccoli, and other so-called cruciferous vegetables, can help head off cancer.
There’s no doubt about it, broccoli’s one of the good guys and it deserves its superfood status. But the results of a new study may have just earned this humble green veggie a new title, “miracle food.”
More on that miracle food in a moment, but first let’s talk about the worst day of many women’s lives.
One small change could save your life
There are few things as frightening in this world as when you—or a loved one—receives a breast cancer diagnosis. It feels like the world has just stopped spinning.
Suddenly you’re being told you’re in the fight of your life, but you couldn’t possibly feel any more powerless than you do at that very moment.
Your days are now filled with endless doctor’s appointments, sickening treatments and soul-sapping surgeries. And then there’s the endless waiting for test results to see if any of it is even working, or if your cancer has grown.
Your life no longer feels like your own.
But what if there WAS something you could do that may stack the odds in your favor? A change that’s so simple—yet so profound—that it could literally save your life?
And what if I was to tell you that you could start doing something today that could put the brakes on cancer and put YOU back in the driver’s seat?
I’m betting you’d want to get started right away.
Broccoli compound could stop cancer spread
This is where that new miracle food title comes into play.
We already knew, of course, that broccoli could help you avoid a cancer diagnosis in the first place. It, and other cruciferous vegetables, contain a cancer-fighting compound called sulforaphane.
But it turns out that broccoli doesn’t only have the power to reduce your odds of getting cancer. If you do end up with a breast cancer diagnosis researchers at the University of Oregon say broccoli could keep your cancer from growing and spreading.
Study volunteers received a daily dose of sulforaphane that’s about equal to the amount you’d find in a cup of broccoli. And the supplement resulted in dramatic decreases in cancer growth.
That’s right my friend, simply adding a serving of broccoli to your menu might be all it takes to keep breast tumors in check!
Mix up your cancer-fighting menu
The study was done on humans and it was a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. In other words, even though it was a relatively small study, the results are still incredibly exciting.
Besides, we’ve known for a long time that broccoli and other cruciferous veggies aren’t just delicious, they’re packed full of other good-for-you nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants, so you can’t possibly go wrong by making them a part of your daily diet.
And the good news is that you don’t have to stick to just broccoli alone to get your sulforaphane fix, after all they say variety is the spice of life.
Other vegetables contain this powerful anti-cancer chemical. So feel free to mix up your cancer-fighting menu with any of the foods in the following chart.
|Other sulforaphane-rich foods|
|Broccoli sprouts||Brussels sprouts||savoy cabbage|
The best way to get your sulforaphane benefits
But keep in mind that cooking destroys some of the nutrients that are found naturally in these foods. So to get the most sulforaphane bang per serving try munching on raw veggies or very lightly steaming them.
Also juicing or adding them to smoothies are excellent ways to retain more of their cancer-fighting nutrients.
And if you’re simply not a cruciferous veggie fan no matter how they’re served, but still want the benefits of sulforaphane you can try a supplement instead.
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