Now Revealed: The Science Behind Why Your Doctor Says You Should Eat Your Broccoli
Getting children to eat their veggies can be a frustrating challenge. While trying to encourage healthy eating, your child fights back with the never-ending question: “Why?” You’re left with a generic answer: “because it’s good for you.” The battle usually ends with either the parent giving up or the child giving in to eat their broccoli. But what if we had a better understanding of WHY we should eat broccoli? Would this help parents in the veggie war, while also motivating adults to eat their greens?
The Benefits of Broccoli Speak – and WHY You Should Listen!
You’ve been told to eat broccoli…but WHY? What’s the reasoning behind why we should eat the tree-like vegetable?
Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and similar leafy green vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have gained considerable attention in recent years for providing an abundance of unique health benefits. The powerful nutrient compound behind these benefits and in broccoli particular is a sulfur compound, known as sulforaphane.
Sulfora … What?
It’s okay if you’ve never heard of sulforaphane. You’re not alone. Sulforaphane is the secret molecule found in the luscious green stalks of broccoli, and hundreds of published studies suggest that sulforaphane is an effective weapon in the fight against rogue cells. Scientists around the world have expressed amazement after realizing what this natural compound can do.
If you search for “sulforaphane” and “cancer” on PubMed.gov, The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. government’s medical database, you will find over 600 peer-reviewed articles that document sulforaphane’s ability to thwart the development of unhealthy cells in the human body.
Thank You Sulforaphane For Naturally Tuning & Protecting Our Genes Inside Our DNA
Cancer is often blamed on “genetic defects”, but some believe this is more speculation than fact. Whatever you feel, sulforaphane exhibits a unique ability to regulate genes in a way that protects DNA from damaging genetic mutations, thereby operating as an enemy to cells getting out of balance.
When the cancer-suppressing genes naturally found in our bodies go awry because of various environmental and dietary factors, sulforaphane is capable of switching genes on and off to stop abnormal cells from replicating and spreading.
Ty Bollinger, the producer of the docu-series The Truth About Cancer, explains the process of cancer development and how sulforaphane fights cancer stem cells:
“Aggressive forms of cancer have been shown to release specific compounds that weaken our immune system, allowing cancer cells to live and grow in the body for years. In its dormant state, cancer escapes immune detection while weakening the body’s defenses. Once the immune response is weak, cancer surges: it balloons uncontrollably, invades tissues readily, and treks to other tissues easily. Fortunately, sulforaphane tackles CSCs (cancer stem cells) by intercepting the pathways by which stem cells allow tumors to thrive.”
How Does Sulforaphane In Broccoli Stem The Tide of Abnormal Cell Formation?
When you focus a microscope on broccoli, you will find the cancer-preventing sulfur compound, sulforaphane, which is found to activate the Nrf2 pathway inside every living human cell. The Nrf2 protein is referred to as the “master regulator” for the release of powerhouse endogenous antioxidant enzymes (essential enzymes your body is innately equipped with to help you produce your potent antioxidants, which are organic to the human body). Further, when the sulforaphane switch for this pathway is turned on, it:
Facilitates natural cellular detoxification and cellular defenses;
Regulates gene expression that brings the body back into harmony;
Protects against carcinogens, pro-oxidants or free radicals and other toxic chemicals that are consumed through food additives, from the air and other sources.
When survival genes are activated to their fullest potential, the body has a better chance of winning the war on oxidative stress that is occurring in each of our bodies right now.
In Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s book, The Gene Therapy Plan, he states sulforaphane is the “most profound inducer of multiple detoxifying enzymes that we know about.” However, based on the latest emerging studies his statement is no longer accurate. Reader – What did you learn about broccoli? Which Nrf2 activator will you choose?