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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Eating This Vegetable Will Maximize It's Cancer-Fighting Potential -- But Only If You Cook it This Way!

African American girl with broccoli

You've probably heard the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." What they are really talking about is eating healthy. Every day. This includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, including broccoli. To reap the most benefits from broccoli, you need to prepare it this way.
The benefits

Broccoli is considered one of the super vegetables because it offers so many health benefits. This includes reducing arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a natural organic sulfur compound that has anti-cancer power. Studies have even shown that eating 3 servings of broccoli a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by more than 60 percent.

How to prepare it to help fight cancer

To get the greatest benefit from broccoli, steam it. Surprisingly, eating broccoli raw only gives you about 12 percent of the benefits from sulforaphane. Steaming broccoli 3-4 minutes releases the sulforaphane.

What to do if you don't like the taste

If you just don't like the taste of broccoli, you can change it up with other foods like mustard seed. Studies confirm that mustard seed increases the formation of sulforaphane. Or add broccoli to a salad.

For best results, make sure you purchase fresh broccoli, not frozen. Broccoli that is frozen loses some of it's healing power. Also, if you are microwaving broccoli, cook for just one minute to maximize its health benefits.

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