One More Reason to Eat Broccoli or Wasabi

All natural foods reduce cancer risk

It’s well known that the cabbage family foods are protective against breast cancer,
prostate cancer, and colon cancer, but here’s one more study that confirms what our
mom’s told us: EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!

A new study in rats reports that sulforaphane, helps keep the blood-brain barrier intact
from brain damage. When the brain is injured it “leaks”, just like our gut. This leakiness
allows unwanted substances to enter the brain, causing inflammation and damage. At
least in rats, eating broccoli prevented this leakiness and the subsequent damage.
Other studies suggest that eating these foods twice daily can reduce risks of some cancers
by 50%. While this may be true, virtually all natural foods also reduce cancer risk. So
rather than only eating cabbage family foods, eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables,
nuts, seed, whole grains, legumes, herbs and spices.

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli and broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts,
horseradish, mustard greens, kale, seakale, turnip, radish, daikon radish, kohl rabi, collard
greens, bok choy, caulifl ower, cabbage, napa cabbage, Chinese cabbage, horseradish,
kohlrabi, rutabaga, watercress, and Japanese wasabi

The take away

Eat coleslaw or cabbage in soup, or broccoli, or broccoli sprouts with mustard on a
sandwich, or wasabi with that sushi, or brussel sprouts, or collard greens, or steam some
baby bok choy or some sort of cabbage family food at least a few times every week.
Cabbage or broccoli soup are delicious this time of year.

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  • Angela Willis

    Are there some alternatives for those of us who have possible thyroid issues? I have always heard that Cruciferous vegetables are not the best things to eat if you have a sluggish thyroid or either form of thyroidism.

  • I still suggest you have cruciferous veggies because they are so important
    and adjust your thyroid dose accordingly. It does not effect all thyroid
    patients, although some it does. Good question

  • Angela Willis

    Thank you for your reply.

  • Ynienstadt

    Cabbage family foods are just mildly thyroid suppressing. They are called goitrogenic, but only iodine deficient people develop goiter, whether they eat cruciform foods or not. Interestingly, many people on thyroid meds can lower their dose by getting supplemental iodine. Check out the following link for more info on this… You will also find a number of other articles on iodine at this site. Best wishes for finding the right balance.
    Yvonne Dr. Frank's friend from Rancho La Puerta.

  • Yvonne
    Thanks for that !!!! and yes seems like more and more people are iodine

  • curiousmind

    If the goitrogen-containing foods are cooked or fermented, this largely mitigates the thyroid-depressing effects of said foods. I don't think its wise to adjust your thyroid meds on your own. Apways speak to your Dr. regarding a change in dose.

  • Carry

    Wow, I’m finding all the information out there completely confusing.  I’ve never heard that iodine deficiency is the ONLY cause of goiter.  I had a goiter when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s after my daughter’s birth 20+ years ago.  To this day, nobody has ever said that I am iodine deficient. 

    Also, it seems Functional medicine practitioners don’t agree on whether or not cooking makes any difference in goitrogenic foods, whether you should be eating them at all – cooked or not, whether or not it’s safe to supplement with iodine if you have thyroid disease….  it’s utterly confusing.

  • Donnallah

    all my whole life, of course, and home grown too. thanks Ma and Daddy for raisingme in a garden I loved to plant and eat in,along with all the living creatures I could find.