Dozens of studies link cauliflower-containing diets to a decrease in cancer, particularly with respect to bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. The relationship between cauliflower and cancer prevention is logical: cauliflower, a cruciferous vegetable, provides nutrient support to three essential systems in our body that are closely connected with cancer development and prevention. Imbalances in any of these systems can increase the cancer risk; imbalances in all three simultaneously will greatly increase susceptibility. START SOMEWHERE today to decrease your risk. Cauliflower supports cancer defense by strengthening:
- The body’s detoxification system: Cauliflower contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates that help activate and regulate detoxification enzymes in the liver. Our bodies are designed with great detox systems which require nutrients to run efficiently. We are bombarded with more and more toxins in our environment and in our food, which can overburden these systems. This toxin-related damage eventually increases our cells’ risk of becoming cancerous.
- The body’s antioxidant system: Cauliflower provides us with two core nutrients: Vitamin C and manganese. Incredibly, it’s antioxidant support extends far beyond these basic nutrients into the realm of phytonutrients to include beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin and kaempferol. This array of antioxidant support means a lower level of oxidative stress, which in a nutshell means decreasing your cancer risk and helping you LIVE YOUNGER.
- The body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory balance: Chronic inflammation is our enemy and can significantly increase the risk of many debilitating diseases including many cancers. Cauliflower is an excellent source of Vitamin K, a key regulator of our inflammatory response. Also, one of it’s glucosinolates, called glucobrassicin, can be converted in the body to Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C). I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that actually operates at the genetic level to prevent early-stage inflammatory responses.
When purchasing cauliflower, look for a clean, creamy white, compact head in which the bud clusters are not separated. Spotted or dull-colored cauliflower, or one with small flowers on it should be avoided. Heads that are surrounded by thick green leaves will be fresher. Store uncooked cauliflower in the refrigerator with the stem-side down for up to a week. Cauliflower florets are the part of the plant that most people eat but the stems are edible too and and great in soup. Click here for a yummy recipe; it’s still good with the flour omitted.
Remember, cauliflower supports cancer defense. START SOMEWHERE today to find tasty ways to incorporate more of it into your world. There are a lot of creative recipes popping up out there! You can do it. I will help you.