Sometimes we discover that eating too much of a good thing, in this case Broccoli, Bok choy, Brussel sprouts, members of the Brassicas family of veggies can have some not so welcome side effects. In this article by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC she gives us all the great benefits eating these vegetables do for us while also letting is know about the downside and then how to remedy it. Keep this one available for reference. as always, sharing is caring!
I’m frequently asked by people whether it is safe or not to include foods from the Brassica family in their diets. I know I have spoken about this before, but it’s important enough that I will write about this again. The important compounds in this family are those that can be very helpful to you for many reasons. The Brassica family consists of broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabe, bok choy, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, among others.
Every food has something in it that might not be good for someone, especially when eaten in excess. The same holds true for Brassica foods. But they hold many protective qualities for you, and for those reasons should have a place on your plate.
Brassicas are high in a sulfur compound called sulforaphane. Many have touted this as what makes it harmful to the thyroid, but it also has many attributes to it that deserve your consideration before you completely dismiss it. Sulforaphane is extremely beneficial to the liver, and during its detoxification, it promotes the production of glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most potent anti-oxidants in your body. It helps you to stay safe while it scavenges for free radicals and keeps them from taking over. This makes it highly protective to you from cancer cells.
Broccoli sprouts have the highest level of sulforaphanes in the broccoli family. They have been studied extensively in their role in helping to reduce the expression of cancer, especially in breast, prostate, and other hormone-related cancers. Sulforaphanes keep the reproductive hormones in a safe realm.
Certain forms of estrogen get converted into harmful metabolic by-products. The Brassicas help to decrease the harmful metabolic by-products of these estrogens. They help to go towards a more protective estrogen that helps fight against cancer.
So, you can see that there are good reasons for including Brassicas in your diet: hormone balance, extra anti-oxidants, and protection against cancer.
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