Eat your broccoli! How many times did you hear this from your parents when growing up?
Your parents knew what they were talking about. Broccoli is loaded with vitamins and nutrients as well as healthy fiber. In addition to benefiting digestion, broccoli supports the immune system with its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
There are numerous measures you can take to help lower your risk of cancer. Eating a healthy diet is at the top of the list. Broccoli is safe to eat and has few side effects, the most common being gas or bowel irritation caused by broccoli’s high fiber content. People taking blood-thinners however should limit their broccoli intake to ½ cup a day since the vegetable’s vitamin K content may interfere with the medication’s effectiveness.
Broccoli is also packed with phytochemicals that give color, smell, and flavor to plants. Research shows that they have numerous healthful benefits. Many phytochemicals act as antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals and removing their power to create damage. (1)
According to Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin, chemicals in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may be protective against some stomach, intestinal, and breast cancers by increasing detoxifying enzymes such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol thus helping to stop cancer cells from forming in your body. (2)
A 2019 study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center demonstrates that targeting the gene WWP1 with the ingredient found in broccoli suppressed tumor growth in cancer-prone lab animals. “The protein PTEN is a phosphatase and tumor suppressor whose activity is often decreased in human cancers. Thus, reactivating such a protein could potentially be an effective therapy against cancer,” writes Dr. Pandolfi, lead researcher. (3)
The secret to preparing broccoli? Do not cook it too long. Eating it raw is the best way to preserve its anti-cancer benefits. Raw broccoli maintains all of its nutrients, but as mentioned earlier, this may irritate your bowels and cause gas.
If you do not like raw, steaming for up to 20 minutes, microwaving for up to three minutes, and stir-frying for up to five minutes produced no significant loss of cancer-preventive substances. (4)
Try this creamy broccoli soup for a delicious way to increase anticancer foods in your diet.
Great Anti-Cancer Broccoli Soup Recipe (5)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium stalks of celery, finely chopped
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 5 cups fresh organic broccoli, including stems (set aside florets)
- 2.5 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
- 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- pinch of rosemary and thyme
1. In a large pot, sauté celery and onion in the oil for 4 minutes.
2. Add potatoes, broccoli stems, and sauté for 2 more minutes.
3. Add vegetable broth and plant-based milk, bring to a boil.
4. Add salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.
5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, then partially cool.
6. Steam broccoli florets for 3 minutes and set aside.
7. Puree liquid in a blender until smooth.
8. Add steamed florets, serve.
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