The #1 Cancer-Healing Food: Broccoli Sprouts
I became absolutely fascinated with broccoli sprouts when I discovered they are incredibly potent killers of cancer cells because of their sulforaphane content, which is unusually high.[i] Sulforaphane is also found in other vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. But broccoli sprouts contain the most of any other vegetable on the planet.
Paul Talalay, M.D., a professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at John Hopkins University, who has done research for 25 years on vegetable compounds, is a major advocate of broccoli spouts. He says: “Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads and may offer a simple dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.”[ii]
In one experiment, Talalay and his team did a study with a group of female rats, in which some were fed broccoli sprout extract for five days and some were fed none. The rats were then exposed to a carcinogen. Those that had received broccoli sprout extract (high in sulforaphane) developed fewer tumors. Those that did get tumors developed smaller ones that took longer to grow than the group that had not received the broccoli sprout extract. In 1992, Talalay and his research team also discerned that sulforaphane has the ability to reinforce the body’s natural defenses against oxidative stress, inflammation, and DNA damage.[iii]
Over the years, many studies by other researchers have supported Dr. Talalay’ s conclusions.[iv] One in particular, by Jed Fahey, Sc.D., Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, agrees that sulforaphane helps prevent cancer. Fahey proved that broccoli sprouts provide “dramatic protection” against digestive issues, including stomach cancer, ulcers, gastritis, and overgrowths of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium “strongly associated with inflammation related to digestive cancers.[v]
During an experiment involving 48 patients with H. pylori infections in which half the volunteers ate 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts per day for two months, and half ate the equivalent amount of alfalfa sprouts, which do not contain sulforaphane, biomarkers of infection dropped for the volunteers eating the broccoli sprouts.[vi]
Broccoli Sprouts Are Good for All Cancer, and Especially Useful For . . .
If you are doing chemo, radiation, and surgery, you may have a higher risk of developing an infection, so I would strongly advise incorporating Broccoli sprouts in your diet at this time.
Doctrine of Signatures: Broccoli sprouts resemble sperm; therefore, it is believed that they are especially useful for prostate health and reproductive health.
The Cancer-Free with Food Recipes with Broccoli Sprouts
Nutrition tip: As a garnish, sprinkle broccoli sprouts on: Black Bean Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Chickpeas, Bean Burgers, Pasta Primavera, Good Ol’ Classic Veggie Stir Fry, Protein Salad, Taco Salad, and Lentil Soup.
Other Ways of Incorporating Broccoli Sprouts in Your Cancer-Healing Kitchen
Since reading the research studies, I have made broccoli sprouts a weekly staple in my shopping list, I will pick up a small container once a week and I now add them to my juices, smoothies, soups, and salads, and as a garnish for example on top of gluten-free pasta. I also look forward to sprouting my own someday, something which, apparently, is quite easy to do and saves money.
1. Eat them raw by the handful
2. Juice broccoli sprouts
3. Add broccoli sprouts to your salads, soups, and smoothies
4. Grow broccoli sprouts in your home
Nutrition tip: “Broccoli sprouts are best when eaten raw in order to absorb the full nutrient and cancer-fighting properties including glucosinolates, which can prevent cancer.”[ix]
—Dr. Mehmet Oz
RESOURCES FROM CANCER-FREE WITH FOOD BOOK:
[i] Veronique Desaulniers. “The Landmark Johns Hopkins Sulforaphane Cancer Study Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About,” Truth about Cancer blog (accessed June 30, 2018), https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/johns-hopkins-sulforaphane-cancer-study.
[ii] Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. “Cancer Protection Compound Abundant in Broccoli Sprouts, Johns Hopkins Scientists Find,” ScienceDaily (accessed June 26, 2018), www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/09/970919062654.htm. Also: Melissa Hendricks. “More Reasons to Eat Those Vegetables,” John Hopkins Medicine, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (accessed June 30, 2018), https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institute_basic_biomedical_sciences/news_events/articles_and_stories/cancer_disease/2010_08_eat_veggies.html.
[iii]. “Potential for Added Medical Benefits Uncovered for Widely Used Breast Cancer Drug,” Johns Hopkins Medicine News release. (November 7, 2013), https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/potential_for_added_medical_benefits_uncovered_for_widely_used_breast_cancer_drug.
[iv] “Broccoli Sprouts,” Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (accessed June 26, 2018), https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/broccoli-sprouts.
[v] Teresa L. Johnson. “Broccoli extract may lower blood sugar among some with diabetes, study finds” American Cancer Research Institute blog (posted June 26, 2017), http://blog.aicr.org/2017/06/26/broccoli-extract-may-lower-blood-sugar-among-some-with-diabetes-study-finds/?_ga=2.87538392.1138489825.1525817004-1726391947.1525817004.
[vi] News release. “Gutsy germs Succumb to Baby Broccoli,” Johns Hopkins Medicine (posted April 6, 2009), https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/gutsy_germs_succumb_to_baby_broccoli.
[vii] Miranda Hitti. “Broccoli Sprouts vs. Bladder Cancer?” WebMD (posted February 28, 2008), https://www.webmd.com/cancer/bladder-cancer/news/20080228/broccoli-sprouts-vs-bladder-cancer.
[ix] Mehmet Oz. “Nine Cancer-Fighting Foods,” Doctor Oz Show blog (posted December 16, 2016), https://www.doctoroz.com/gallery/9-cancer-fighting-foods.
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