Did you know there is a natural substance in every stalk of broccoli and every floret of cauliflower that is so powerful at preventing and treating cancer that no drug available on the market today can match its safety or potency?
Stunned scientists are still uncovering the full extent of the amazing medicinal powers of sulforaphane, which is found in all cruciferous vegetables to varying degrees.
In a recent study, researchers from Texas Children's Hospital tested a highly concentrated form of sulforaphane on mouse and human cell lines affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) - a type of cancer most commonly seen in children, which affects their white blood cells.
ALL has an 80 percent cure rate, but some children don't respond to treatment. Disease relapse is still the leading cause of cancer-related death in ALL-afflicted children.
The researchers found that sulforaphane eliminates cancer cells by entering them and reacting with some of their own proteins to induce them to commit suicide, known as apoptosis. At the same time, healthy cells from healthy, cancer-free patients were unharmed.
Impressively, orally administered sulforaphane reduced the size of ALL tumors in mouse models, suggesting that it might be effective in treating even high-risk ALL patients.
Although previous studies have identified many of sulforaphane’s cancer-fighting properties, including eradication of prostate cancer, this is the first study to show that it can also be used to treat blood cancers like leukemia.
Broccoli is a very rich source of sulforaphane and is also loaded with antioxidants and carotenoids. To get maximum health benefits of broccoli, you should eat it raw, very gently steamed or lightly sautéed.
According to a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2009, cooking broccoli for too long can destroy up to 90 percent of its natural sulforaphane content, making it far less medicinally potent than the raw form.
If one of your resolutions is to live a healthier, more natural life, there is no better way to begin than by making cruciferous vegetables a regular feature of your daily diet!