Consumption of “cruciferous vegetables” has long been associated with a reduced risk of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. Broccoli contains a substance called “indole-3-carbinol” that can actually change your bad estrogen into a good form of estrogen that protects your breast tissues . Broccoli sprouts are also rich in “sulforaphane.” Sulforaphane causes your body to produce enzymes that detoxify free radicals, reduce inflammation, and remove carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer) . Laboratory studies show that sulforaphane slows or stops the growth of breast, prostate, and other cancer cells . Some early studies in animals have shown promising results. New studies show that broccoli can even cause cancer cells to die . I’m excited to see what future research reveals.
If you don’t enjoy broccoli as a whole food, then I recommend that you use a broccoli extract dietary supplement like I do for daily benefits.
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