We’ve been paying a lot of attention to fruit – blueberries, grapes, pumpkins – and for good reason. They are amazing foods with amazing benefits, but what about vegetables? They too are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They too offer benefit after benefit. They too deserve just as much recognition as their counterparts. And yet, we have ignored them. So today, in an attempt to make up for it, we are going to focus on one of the best: broccoli.
Broccoli and its family members (cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage) have proven time and again to play an important role in the fight against cancer. Most recently, it was shown that men who ate cauliflower lessened their risk of prostate cancer by 52 percent; those who ate broccoli lowered it by 45 percent. Men who simply maintained a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables saw no decrease. So, what makes broccoli so special? How is it able to go where no other vegetable has gone? Well when it comes to cancer, the answer is DIM. A chemical compound found in broccoli when it is chewed and digested, DIM not only stops the growth of cancer cells but boosts the immune system as well. It is the only compound known to do both, which means a big plate of broccoli might be one of the best ways to prevent cancer. But, that’s not the only thing it could do.
Along with DIM, broccoli is chock full of sulforaphane. It too is thought, however not scientifically proven, to help combat cancer. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol in people who take 100 grams of broccoli sprouts a day. And now researchers believe that it can help prevent blistering caused by EBS, a skin blistering disease that, in severe cases, leads to death. With that in mind, adding a little more broccoli to your diet may not be such a bad idea. However if you have a taste aversion to these delightful little veggies, try a broccoli supplement. You can get all of the resources from the forest without chopping down a single tree.