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Broccoli 26 July 2009

Broccoli contains a large amount of a chemical which is converted by enzymes in the body into isothiocyanates. Isothiacynates increase production of several Phase 2 detoxification enzymes (see Liver Health), enhance antioxidant status and protect against chemically induced DNA damage. There appears to be a reduced risk of prostate cancer in men who have an increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. Broccoli is also protective against bowel cancer (Colorectal Disease. Jan 2004).

Sulforaphane in broccoli appears to be highly inhibitory to the helicobacter pylori bacterium which is frequently found in gastric ulcers. Animal studies have also shown a reduced incidence of stomach tumours in animals exposed to mutagenic chemicals.

Consuming broccoli at least three times a week is a powerful way to increase your health and vitality. Alternatively, broccoli extracts are available as supplements.

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