cabbage

Did you know that…

The cabbage family is probably one of the most important vegetable in the world from the point of view of nutritional benefits and cancer-fighting ability. Cabbage first came to the attention of researchers after they observed that women living in Eastern European countries we much less likely to develop breast cancer than American Women. An analysis of their diet revealed a much higher intake of cabbage, and when the cabbage was analyzed, likely candidates for the effect were the phytochemicals called indoles. Years of research have now demonstrated that these indoles, in fact, alter estrogen metabolism in a favorable way, one that is likely to reduce the risk of cancer. The anti-cancer benefits of cabbage don’t stop with the indoles though. Other phytochemicals that pack an anticancer wallop and are plentiful in cabbage include dithiolethiones, isothicyanates, and sulforaphane. Sulforaphane, a particularly potent member of the isothiocyanate family, increases the production of certain enzymes known as phase-2 enzymes, which can “disarm” damaging free-radicals and help fight carcinogens. It is believed that phase-2 enzymes may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

-Bowden, Jonny. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Fair Winds Press

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