Study Shows Cruciferous Vegetables Like Broccoli, Cauliflower And Kale Help Beat Cancer

Nutrients in cruciferous vegetables have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which is great in the prevention against various types of cancer.

But, green foods are not your favorite, right? You probably toss green chunks around your plate, or just forget to eat them. Only a few of you really enjoy their broccoli and Brussel sprouts, despite their taste and color. But, these are not the ‘bad’ food!

If you are bothered with the taste of your veggies, we have something that will change your mind. It is actually their bitter taste that does all the miracles.

The family of cruciferous vegetables

This is a rather huge family, and all of the members are famous for their crunchiness and springiness, and of course, their bitter taste.

We give you a list of the most popular cruciferous veggies. They all come packed with some amazing benefits:

You can also find them under the name Cruciferae, or ‘cross-bearing,’ which comes as a result of the shape their flowers have, and the way they form a four-petal shape of a cross. Nowadays, this family also goes by the name ‘Brassica vegetables.’ Brassica is actually cabbage in Latin, and this veggie is the most popular member of the particular family.

Nutrient power

These veggies are the richest source of vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin C and K, folate and some of other B vitamins. When it comes to minerals, the Brassicae family is packed with potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and a healthy portion of protein.

Nutrients in cruciferous vegetables have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which is great in the prevention against various types of cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables may destroy cancer

According to the latest studies, when received in large amounts, sulforaphane can prevent cancer of the oral cavity, throat, head and neck. Sulforaphane is the phytochemical that gives these veggies their bitter taste.

Other studies on this subject were conducted in China, and scientists have confirmed that sulforaphane hinders the effect of carcinogens, while others have associated it with the prevention of breast cancer.

The power of sulforaphane

Few other studies have shown that extracts of broccoli sprouts have the potential to protect against the development of breast cancer. Mice that had been at a higher risk of oral cancer were given sulforaphane, and this brought a significant reduction in their tumors within several months.

“The clear benefit of sulforaphane in preventing oral cancer in mice raises hope that this well-tolerated compound also may act to prevent oral cancer in humans who face chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and carcinogens,” explains Professor Daniel Johnson, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Healthy volunteers received the extract and experienced no side-effects. Researchers explained that the compound formed versatile changes in the lining of the oral cavity which actually protected the individuals against cancer.

In the conclusion they stated that human body can receive and absorb sulforaphane, and thus fight against cancer. 


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