Do stinky, smelly veggies really have power over cancer and your health? Let’s take a look inside some of them.
Studies have shown that the allium and cruciferous vegetables have the power to inhibit many different types of cancer tumor cells. Of 34 different vegetables studied ‘garlic’ was by far the strongest inhibitor of cancer cell growth. Other members of the allium family such as leeks and onions were also right in there with the garlic. Cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cabbage, mustard greens and horseradish came in right behind the allium veggies.
What happens when you wound a garlic clove?
- It releases allicin, a natural substance produced to protect itself. Allicin is responsible for the odor of garlic. (Beware of any garlic supplements that claim removal of the odor.) Allicin works in amazing ways.
- A natural antibiotic
- A natural antifungal
- A natural anti-cancer compound
- A natural diuretic – helps lower blood pressure and balance cholesterol
- Handle garlic properly in order to reap the benefits. Here are some interesting tips.
- After mashing, allow garlic to sit for at least 10 minutes before cooking. This preserves more of its anti-cancer properties.
- The synthesis of allicin is fairly complete after 10 minutes of crushing or chopping.
- Heating garlic for 60 seconds in a microwave destroys the anti-cancer properties of the allicin.
- Heating garlic for 45 minutes in an oven also destroys the anti-carcinogenic effect of the allicin.
- Wikipedia describes glucosinolates as the natural components of pungent plants such as cruciferous vegetables. Chewing, cutting or otherwise damaging the plant releases glucosinolates; the smell that is the plants defense against pests and diseases.
- The plants defense against pests and diseases also protect us against disease, especially cancer.
- Typically, most people do not enjoy the smell or taste of cruciferous vegetables because of the glucosinolates that are released when the plant is prepared for food.
- Interestingly, the worse these veggies smell or taste, the better they tend to be for you health wise.
- Brussels sprouts and kale are two of the veggies that contain the largest amounts of glucosinolates.
- Many of these veggies begin losing their cancer fighting properties within 24 hours of harvest. This means that the broccoli I’ve had in the frig for over a week likely doesn’t have much disease fighting power!
It is interesting that despite all the research done on these stinky vegetables the regulatory authorities do not recognize them as being essential for health or to prevent diseases. However, The American Cancer Society does recommend eating one serving of cruciferous veggies daily. Do you eat a serving of cruciferous vegetables every day?
I use garlic and onion in just about everything I cook and try to crush or chop them several minutes prior to sautéing or adding them to a dish. We also eat several of the cruciferous veggies several times a week. Yet we are very faithful to take our supplements.
Why take allium and cruciferous supplements?
- Do you grow your own?
- Do you go to your local farmer’s market daily?
- Standardized for content
- You know what you are getting
- Stabilized content
- Enzymes and other nutrients not destroyed by processing or heat
- Regular consumption
- Available for daily protection and/or healing
- Reduces the risk of cancer cell growth
- Creates a healthy immune system
- Reaps the ultimate health benefit of these nutrients
Cancer is all around us. My husband monitors regularly for colon cancer as he is high risk. His only brother died at age 64 from bone cancer and he has lost several cousins, aunts and uncles from cancer. Both his grandpa’s had cancer. Currently my mother and brother are battling cancer.
My brother’s recent statement:
Ten years ago he had to have surgery for prostate cancer. For several years he was faithful to take his cancer protecting supplements daily but he gradually became complacent and stopped taking them. Now he is going through radiation for a prostate type cancer that has spread to his bladder. He’s back on his supplements now but made this statement, “Maybe if I would have continued taking my supplements, the cancer would not have spread to my bladder!” That is something we do not know but why take the risk?
- Why not take the supplements to reduce the risk of cancer coming back?
- Why not take the supplements to reduce the risk of developing cancer in the first place?
- Why not take the supplements to slow the growth of cancer cells that are lurking in your body? Even if you end up with cancer it could delay it for years.
I don’t know about you but I actually enjoy the taste and even smell of some of these stinky veggies, especially garlic and onions. What about you? Do you have a favorite? Tell me in the comment section below.
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- Standardized for allicin content
- Freeze dried so heat does not destroy the enzymes responsible for allicin formation
- Formulated for the allicin to release when it reaches the stomach – this reduces repeated garlic/onion breath
- Targeted Delivery Technology ensures your intestines receive optimal benefit
- Extracts from entire allium family – garlic, onion, leek and chives
- Optimal serving equal to 1 garlic clove
- Stabilized glucosinolates and other cruciferous nutrients
- Bad tasting healthy nutrients in a tablet you can swallow
- Studied by Southern Research Institute and found to slow breast cancer cell growth by 37%
- Exclusive blend of broccoli, radishes, kale, watercress, black and brown mustard
- Each tablet is equal to one optimal serving of cruciferous veggies
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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and dealing with major heart issues, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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