WHAT IS THE ‘BROCCOLI PILL’ AND HOW CAN IT HELP PREVENT CANCER?
This may be the “pharmaceutical” we’ve been waiting for. Researchers at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center ran a small study and found that our tumor suppressing gene (called p16) works a lot better when we eat this one thing.
So what is it?
Ok, so what’s sulforaphane? It’s a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and, most importantly, broccoli. The highest concentration of sulforaphane is found in young broccoli sprouts or in the dietary supplement broccoli sprout extract (BSE).
During their studies, researchers monitored the eating habits of 28 volunteers over the age of 50. These subjects were undergoing routine colonoscopies, and researchers focused on how much cruciferous vegetables they ate.
A Broccoli Pill?
The researchers knew that sulforaphane doesn’t last very long in the human body (about 24 hours), but found that the subjects who ate more servings of dark-green veggies had higher levels of the tumor suppressing gene (p16) than those who at fewer or no cruciferous veggies.
So, the more cruciferous vegetables (or broccoli sprout extract) we eat, the more we’ll be able to charge the tumor suppressing gene and, with more study, we may be able to ensure that cancer is prevented instead of beaten.
Eating your dark leafy greens helps to prevent and deter cancer, but they also help to alkalize your body, keep your blood healthy and happy, and reverse the dangers of inflammation, which extend to your internal organs, lymphatic system, and even your brain.