• Broccoli may reduce cancer risk!

    Date: 2011.10.04 | Category: Reduce Cancer Risk | Tags: ,,,,

    Broccoli may reduce cancer risk!

    But what if you don’t like broccoli?

    Johns Hopkins University and many other academic institutions have been studying the anti-cancer effects of broccoli.  The active ingredient in cruciferous vegetables that is thought to have these anti-cancer properties is Sulforaphane.  The studies show that Sulforapahne may boost cell enzymes that protect it against molecular damage from cancer-causing chemicals. Sulforaphane had also been shown to mobilize natural cancer protection resources, thus reducing the risk of malignancy.

    Broccoli (as compared to other cruciferous vegetables) has a particularly powerful type of sulforaphane, which the researchers believe gives broccoli, its particular cancer-fighting properties. It appears that broccoli contains the necessary ingredients to switch ON genes that prevent cancer development, and switch OFF other ones that help it spread.

    What might be Even Better Than Broccoli?

    1. Small quantities of fresh broccoli sprouts contain as much cancer protection as larger amounts of the mature vegetables, according to previous research at Johns Hopkins University. These sprouts are sold in food markets or can be grown at home.
    2. Just 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of sprouts contain concentrations of the compound glucoraphanin (a precursor to sulforaphane) equal to that found in 150 grams (5.2 ounces) of mature broccoli.
    3. You can grow broccoli sprouts at home quite easily and inexpensively, and as you can see, a small amount of spouts go a long way.  Another major benefit is that the sprouts don’t smell since you don’t have to cook them. They are eaten raw, usually as an addition to salad.

    Below are a few recommendations for how to reduce your risk of developing cancer:

    • Optimize your Vitamin D level with appropriate sun exposure or nutritional supplementation. It is best to monitor your Vitamin D level with a simple blood test ordered by your doctor.
    • Control your insulin levels.  Make certain that you limit your intake of processed foods, and eat an abundance of whole fresh foods.
    • Get appropriate exercise.  One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.
    • Get appropriate amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil, and reduce your intake of omega-6 oils.
    • Consume freshly ground flaxseeds and raw almonds daily.
    • Consume fresh vegetable juice daily – including one small tomato (lycopene).
    • Eliminate sugar as much as possible as it’s been shown again and again that sugar feeds cancer.
    • Eat broccoli sprouts, cauliflower sprouts, and brussel sprouts.  Or take a sulforaphane nutritional supplement daily.  This can be found on the www.AgeExpert.com website as ChemoProtect 1 EP
    • Practice Stress management and stress reduction techniques
    • Get enough high-quality sleep
    • Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins and sources of heavy metals.
    • Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling