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Eating fresh broccoli with spicy food helps fight cancer

Published on 13/09/2011

Scientists say that eating broccoli with spicy foods like horseradish or wasabi helps prevent cancer.

Myrosinase is the enzyme which forms sulforaphane, the vegetable's cancer-preventive component. The study showed that you can boost its benefits further by pairing it with another food that contains myrosinase.

In the study, scientists monitored compounds in the blood for 30 minutes after fresh broccoli sprouts were eaten with broccoli powder which contained the precursor to sulforaphane. Eaten together, both foods produced significant levels of the cancer fighting compound.

Nutrition experts recommend the spicier the better, including broccoli sprouts, mustard, horseradish or wasabi. Other foods that will boost broccoli's benefits if they are paired together include radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, and Brussels sprouts.

As well as cancer-fighting benefits, the presence of myrosinase will release sulforaphane in the ilium, the first part of your digestive system. This increases absorption and improves the impact of the cancer-fighting properties.

"But it pays to spice it up for added benefits and find ways to make it appealing so you don't mind eating it if you're not a broccoli fan".

I add fresh broccoli sprouts to sandwiches and add them as one of my pizza toppings after the pie is out of the oven" said Jenna Cramer, lead author of the study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2011

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