Cauliflower doesn’t come to mind when you hear “eat the rainbow.”  It doesn’t contain the green chlorophyll of the other cruciferous vegetables like Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Kale or Cabbage.  Nevertheless, it is a color that we want to remember for it’s capacity to help us LIVE YOUNGER.  Cauliflower’s anticancer boost is well researched.

Every member of the cruciferous family of vegetables has a great personality.  They all contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and sulfur-containing phytochemicals.  Cauliflower originated from the Mediterranean region of Europe as a versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or combined with other vegetables in exotic recipes.  

Cauliflower provides exceptional nutrient support for the body’s systems of detoxification.  Our bodies were designed to handle toxins but we can’t overload the system.  Optimal health is intimately connected to your body’s ability to clear toxins from the environment as well as remove normal byproducts of normal daily functioning.  The liver has two major phases of detoxification: Phase 1 and Phase 2.  These three systems work together to maintain health. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems increases the risk of cancer:

  1. Detoxification System:  Cauliflower’s sulfur-containing nutrients such as sulforaphane enhances Phase 2 liver detoxification.  Sulforaphane has been shown to slow tumor growth by killing cancer stem cells.  Sulforaphane combined with turmeric may actually help treat prostate cancer, according to some researchers.  Indoles and isothiocyanates  in Cauliflower also show anti-cancer effects according to the National Cancer Institute
  2. Anti-inflammatory System:  Indole-3-Carbinol is a powerful antioxidant contained in Cauliflower.  It is thought to operate at the genetic level to squelch chronic inflammation, the kind that damages tissues.  
  3. Antioxidant System:  Cauliflower’s vast array of antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin C and Manganese support Phase 1 detoxification activity in the liver.  An adequate supply of antioxidant phytonutrients are especially important for detox and Cauliflower provides a beautiful list including cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, caffeic acid, cryptoxanthin and kaempferol.  This broad spectrum of support helps decrease cumulative damage to our cells, known as chronic oxidative stress.

Cauliflower helps lower our risk of cancer development by making us less hospitable to cancer growth, thereby lowering this risk. That’s a good thing! This excellent nutritional support is why Cauliflower’s anticancer boost is so impressive.  START SOMEWHERE today exploring ways to add more Cauliflower into your world.  We like to cut up a little in our salads, and it is delicious steamed with turmeric and chicken broth.  LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body the nutritional building blocks that it needs for energy and repair.  You can do it.  I will help you!     

Cauliflower's Anticancer Boost

Cauliflower’s Anticancer Boost