Broccoli is in the news again. It seems like every second day I read about the wonders of broccoli, or more exactly the benefits of the compounds broccoli contains.
Originally cultivated in Italy, in Roman times, the original plant looked very different from today’s commercially grown variety.
The edible part of the broccoli is the flowerhead. With the migration of Italians throughout the world, so broccoli has spread to be enjoyed by many people.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable related to cauliflower, which is also closely resembles. The stems and stalks of the Broccoli plus the soft florets are all edible.
Broccoli provides a number of important benefits, but perhaps the most important of these benefits is its possible anti-cancer properties. Broccoli contains phytochemicals such as sulforaphane and indoles, which provide strong anticancer benefits. In particular, research into indole carbinol has shown that this compound may help to inhibit chemicals that promote the growth of tumors, thereby providing protection against cancers and tumor formation.
The various compounds contained in broccoli have also been shown to help prevent cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body and to boost the effects of various detoxifying enzymes.
In addition to its role in fighting cancer, broccoli may be able to improve the appearance of the skin as well. That is because sulforaphane, one of the major compounds found in broccoli and similar vegetables, may be able to boost the detoxifying effects of liver and skin cells. Some recent studies have also suggested that the compounds found in broccoli may be able to repair the sun damage to the skin.
It’s just over a year since a good friend told us he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has not been forgotten. As a lifelong fitness fan and non-smoker he was the last person you would expect to suffer from that horrendous disease.
Tragically three months after his diagnosis he passed away.
I now keep an eye out for anti-cancer information and pass it on. I’ve found an interesting book written by a Ph.D which contains independently verified information and meets The American Cancer Society (ACS) criteria by which mainstream and alternative cancer treatments are measured. They do this by asking three questions:
Has the method been objectively demonstrated in the peer-reviewed scientific literature to be effective?
Has the method shown potential for benefit that clearly exceeds the potential for harm?
Have objective studies been correctly conducted under appropriate peer review to answer these questions?
The author believes his information meets these criteria. So I’d recommend you seriously consider looking further into this new information.
The report sets out changes that can be made at all levels of society to reduce the number of cancer cases.
Of course, at NaturalSuperfoodsBlog we have been instinctively aware of the links between nutrition and cancer, so it’s great to see a report which gives real information about cancer prevention.
The whole report isn’t actually easy to access – they are selling hard copies or only allowing pdf downloads of sample chapters – so basically I haven’t read it!
However, I note that respected health news site NaturalNews.com comments on a few things the report apparently ignored, like the importance of Vitamin D in reducing cancer, and eliminating toxins in personal care products and reducing exposure to x-rays. Perhaps these are some of the aspects which influence the “unexplained” cancers the reports researchers state exist.
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