Scientific proof: Broccoli sprouts prevent cancer

(NaturalHealth365) Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbages contain many phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. In fact, in the late 90’s, published studies indicated that there was a link between protection against Breast Cancer and the consumption of cruciferous vegetables.

Scientists discover magically nutrients in nature

More recently, the nutrients in broccoli sprouts and their protective effects against multiple types of cancer, have become a well-researched topic. One of the key components of broccoli sprouts is a compound called Sulforaphane. Broccoli sprouts that are specifically 5-6 days old contain over 100 times more Sulforaphane than a mature plant.

In 2006, The University of California, at Santa Barbara, found that Sulforaphane “is a promising Breast Cancer protective agent.” In fact, the research committee found that Sulforaphane inhibited the growth of cultured human Breast Cancer cells, leading to cell death or apoptosis. A more promising study in 2007 at John Hopkins University found that Sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts inhibited the growth of four types of human Breast Cancer cells.

So why is Sulforaphane such a powerful anti-cancer agent?

First of all, it acts as a “signaling” molecule. Once inside the cell, Sulforaphane switches on over 200 specific genes that may be “asleep” due to toxicity, poor health and aging factors. Once these genes are turned back on, they produce special detoxification enzymes and antioxidant enzymes.

One of the antioxidants that it helps produce is Glutathione, which is a powerful and primary antioxidant that is produced inside the cell. Glutathione actually bathes the inside of the cell, protecting it against damaging free radicals.

Secondly, Sulforaphane has been found to cause cell death to cancer cells by inducing specific enzymes and proteins that cause the cancer cells to die. It also decreases the expression of estrogen receptors, which is so important for several types of breast cancers.

Can sprouts change your health destiny?

Multiple studies have shown promise of broccoli sprouts and Sulforaphane and their effect on cancers that affect the prostate, bladder, liver, ovaries, colon and lungs. We have long thought that we inherited diseases from our ancestors as a result of the genetic imprints. But an emerging new science called “Epigenetics” – helps us to see that we do have control over the destiny of our health.

An improved diet that is very high in antioxidants and phytochemicals like Sulforaphane can actually signal the genes and the DNA to be expressed in a healthy way instead of being expressed in a disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, women born now, have an average risk of 12.2 percent (often expressed as “1 in 8″) of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. By becoming informed about the latest research and making small changes in their diets, like adding Broccoli sprouts, women may have a better opportunity to impact those statistics in a positive way.

About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as “Dr. V” maintained a successful practice – specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Digital Thermography and Chiropractic. After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery – Dr. V currently helps to empower women about healing and preventing breast cancer….naturally. For more information about Dr. V’s personal Cancer Coaching – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com

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Broccoli Saves Hearts and prevents cancer

(NaturalHealth365) Fruits and vegetables save lives. Broccoli in particular saves hearts. There are some interesting studies, which show how broccoli gets the job done.

Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family. This is the family of vegetables responsible for slashing the risk of many age related conditions. Broccoli is closely related to the cauliflower. Its cultivation originated in Italy. Broccolo is its Italian name, which means sprout of the cabbage.

In ancient Rome, it was developed from a plant that looked like collards. Broccoli was brought to the United States during the colonial period and popularized by the Italian immigrants in the New World.

Health Benefits

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which provides some astonishing health benefits. Broccoli has a whole group of health promoting properties. Some are more pronounced when steamed, others work best when served raw. Exploring and getting all the benefits means using broccoli in a variety of ways.

Steamed broccoli can lower cholesterol. The fiber components in broccoli can bind together the bile acids in your digestive track when steamed. This way of serving broccoli makes it easier for the bile acids to be excreted. Raw broccoli will lower cholesterol by a smaller amount.

Broccoli has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification components. Many studies have shown broccoli to prevent and treat cancer. The research is strong, and shows a decreased risk of prostate, colon, breast, bladder, and ovarian cancer.

There are more than 300 research studies on broccoli and most are on chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and detoxification. These are all related to the development of cancer.

Heart Disease

There are many reasons to eat broccoli and now there is one more.
UK researchers found that eating broccoli could reverse the damage done to heart blood vessels by diabetes. The reason is that broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane, which when tested in the lab was found to increased enzymes known to protect heart blood vessels and reduce the molecule that damage them. The study was done by Professor Paul Thornalley and colleagues at the University of Warwick, and is published online in the journal Diabetes.

People with diabetes have a five times greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke, primarily because of damage to heart blood vessels from having about three times the normal level of circulating oxidative molecules called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) caused by having high blood glucose (hyperglycemia).

Previous studies have shown that eating a diet high in vegetables especially the brassicas, with broccoli in particular is linked to a significant lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

This research was to test if sulforaphane would activate a protein known as nrf2, Our cells protect themselves against radicals and other reactive substances by a whole battery of enzymes and radical scavengers, called the Nrf2 system.

The aim of this study was to see if using sulforaphane would prevent metabolic dysfunction under conditions of hyperglycemia in the cells found in heart blood vessels. The results of the study showed a significant reduction of ROS molecules. Sulforaphane reversed the increase in ROS caused by hyperglycemia by 73 percent. Sulforaphane doubled the activation of nrf2, leading to increased production of antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes in human microvascular cells.

Reality

Thornally said the study: “ Suggest that compounds such as sulforaphane from broccoli may help counter processes linked to the development of vascular diseases in diabetes,” He continues that he fully expected further studies to show eating a diet rich in brassicas would be highly beneficial to patients with diabetes.

The human studies are in: people who consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables are less likely to have diabetes or for that matter any chronic condition. There is evidence of remarkable reversal of diabetes for those who go on a plant based diet which includes broccoli.

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Broccoli reverses vascular damage

(NaturalHealth365)Most people are aware of broccoli’s health benefits. Broccoli reverses vascular damage is a lesser known fact.

Broccoli is part of the cabbage family and is related to cauliflower. Broccoli was first grown in Italy and was developed from wild cabbage. After a while it was cultivated in the Near East. Broccoli was brought to America during colonial times. Italian immigrants brought this vegetable to our shores.

Broccoli has been researched for its health abilities. There are over 300 research studies on how it effects the development and progression of cancer. The studies centered on chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and detoxification. All three processes are connected to the risk of cancer.

Inflammation

The benefits of including broccoli in the diet are so overwhelming; it should be on every physicians prescription pad. We all know that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

The broccoli advantage: it provides relief when other substances fail. We are in close proximity to dangerous levels of toxins. When we are exposed to dangerous levels of reactive oxygen containing molecules, signals are sent out to our inflammatory system, which will turn on or fire up our inflammatory response. For a temporary fix this works. However, with chronic exposure to inflammation, we enter the destructive phase. Our bodies are now distressed and overloaded with inflammatory responses.

This is a fatal flaw of this process: the ability for the body to stay in an inflammatory state. The compounds found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli shut down the genetic mechanism that promotes inflammation.

About two cups of broccoli have 450 milligrams of omega-3’s in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, which play a role as an anti-inflammatory. Broccoli is a very rich source of a flavonol known as kaempferol. This one phytonutrient is capable of lessening the affect of allergy promoting substance. This alone can help lower inflammation.

Antioxidant

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C. Broccoli has many flavonoids, such as kaempferol and quercitin, while supplying carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. Also, it provides us with vitamin E, manganese and Zinc.

These are all known as potent antioxidants. There is an epidemic of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. All synthetic vitamins have limitations and may prove dangerous, it is much more beneficial to reach over in the produce department and grab some broccoli.

Vascular Health

It has been widely reported that broccoli can help prevent cancer. The connection between oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and poor detoxification are well known factors in cancer development. This process can also lead to cardiovascular disease.

The compounds found in cruciferous vegetables particularly broccoli shows that the anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane may prevent and even reverse the damage of blood vessel linings, which can be caused by high sugar levels. The sad part is almost every person on the standard American diet will have sugar surges. These surges are known to damage the vessel lining and produce inflammation.

UK researchers said that eating broccoli could reverse the damage done to heart blood vessels by diabetes. This vegetable contains a compound called sulforaphane that was tested in the lab and found to increase enzymes that protect heart blood vessels and reduced the molecules that damage them.

The study is the work of Professor Paul Thornalley and colleagues at the University of Warwick, and is published in the online August issue of the journal Diabetes.

We need every effective strategy to blunt the effect of our high carb diet. Carbohydrate-rich meals causes sugar surges which has the same effect as being diabetic. While Americans underutilize vegetables such as broccoli they will persistently be both nutrient deficient while increasing their chances of vascular damage. To avoid cardiovascular conditions and to rebuild arteries nutrient dense broccoli should be included in your meal plan.

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Cruciferous Vegetables Support Health

(NaturalHealth365) The plant kingdom provides humans with potent nutrients to support life. Cruciferous vegetables offer enormous benefits. The best known cruciferous plants are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

The plants from the family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) are called cruciferous vegetables. This is a large family of plants with four-petaled flowers, which includes some of the most common and healthiest vegetables in the American diet.

The list seems endless, and many of the vegetables, which are eaten, hopefully daily, are from this family of vegetables. The list includes: arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, daikon radish, Horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, watercress, radish, rutabagas and turnip.

Plant-derived compounds are chemopreventive, cardiovascular protection and neuroprotection. Cruciferous vegetables are especially prized for the significant amounts of nutrients they contain. Cruciferous vegetables are one of the dominant food crops in the world.

Health Benefits

They are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber. They all process multiple nutrients and phytochemicals. The anti-cancer compounds are diindolymethane (DIM), sulforaphane and selenium. The sharp taste of these vegetables is produced from substances called glucosinolates.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that diindolylmethane in Brassica vegetables are a strong androgen receptor antagonist in human prostate cancer cells. The main reason given for recommending meals which include cruciferous vegetables is they have been shown to lower ones risk of getting cancer.

A review of research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that 70% or more of the studies found a link between a diet high in cruciferous vegetables and a lower risk of cancer. Components in cruciferous vegetables have been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells. This includes cancers of the breast, endometrial, lung, colon, liver and cervix. This finding was according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Lab studies found one of the phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables (sulforaphane) can stimulate enzymes in the body which will detoxify carcinogens. Sulforaphane has the ability to increase the livers ability to detoxify cancer-causing compounds. Crucifers also are protective because of the high content of indole-3-carbino. Both of these compounds increase the excretion of a type of estrogen linked to breast cancer.

Besides protecting the body from cancer, cruciferous vegetables are thought to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, collard greens are raising the bar for super foods. The measurable activity of the phytochemicals in these vegetables is why they are recommended. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to reduce oxidative stress. Reducing these free radicals may offer neuroprotection, chemoprevention and help protect the cardiovascular system.

Slashing your chance of developing cancer may be a few vegetables away. Cruciferous vegetables are one place where science and nature meet. Serous scientific studies have shown that these vegetables offer a way to find relief from a whole host of conditions.

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.


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