Broccoli is a health power house and it is so readily available at this time of year.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI
Broccoli contains cancer fighting glucosinolates which are transformed to disable toxins in the body. The younger the broccoli, the more glucosinolates. The cancer fighting sulforaphane is formed by the enzyme myrosinase which is activate when broccoli is chopped or chewed. To increase the absorption of sulforaphane, steam the broccoli briefly or even better, eat it cooked. In addition, if you have a slow thyroid, it is much better for you to eat your broccoli cooked. I have given you a recipe for broccoli soup this week. This recipe contains turmeric along with onion which forms and extremely powerful treatment for colon cancer. Turmeric also helps to prevent the damaging plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The incidence of Alzheimer’s is the lowest in the world in India where they consume 80% of the world’s turmeric. Turmeric has also been shown to improve cholesterol results.
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I was surprised that when I gave a family member several soups to try that he liked the broccoli soup the best. Who likes broccoli soup? Especially over tomato but he said he liked that little “bite” that it had. That would have been from the ginger and turmeric.
Nutrients in foods work best as a team, like a baseball, hockey or all star team. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are more powerful when combined with other fruits and vegetables. When broccoli is combined with tomato it affords a more powerful protection against cancer than just eating either vegetable alone. This is only achieved by eating the actual foods together and not a supplement. The antioxidant affect of any single food does not exhibit impressive results by themselves but the actual foods containing the nutrients when combined with other foods make a big difference.
FOOD TIP: To make this fun, tasty soup – pour them both into the bowl at the same time.