Serve Broccoli with Mustard to Fight Cancer

April 5, 2011

I thought I should share this information I read this morning in Healthkeepers Magazine…..

Eating broccoli with mustard can boost the vegetable’s cancer-fighting ability, scientists have found. Adding radishes, arugula or wasabi can have the same effect.
“But overcooking the broccoli can kill the vital enzyme, myrosinase. Steaming in for just 2-4 minutes is the best way to preserve its well known health benefits,” says Elizabeth Jeffery, professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois. She also adds, “Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer fighting agent. 3-5 servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli’s benefits, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present. If it’s not there, sulforaphane, broccoli’s cancer preventative and anti-inflammatory component, doesn’t form.”
Broccoli sprouts, which are young plants just 3-4 days old, contain myrosinase in abundance. Researchers found that myrosinase from the young sprouts enhance the levels of sulforaphane formed and absorbed from the broccoli when the two are eaten together. And when you eat broccoli with mustard, radishes, argula or wasibi, it can boost the benefits even further.

Enjoy your broccoli !!!


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