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More evidence that spicing up broccoli boosts its cancer-fighting power
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ^ | September 13, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 09/13/2011 6:29:01 AM PDT by decimon

URBANA – Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new University of Illinois study.

"To get this effect, spice up your broccoli with broccoli sprouts, mustard, horseradish, or wasabi. The spicier, the better; that means it's being effective," said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of nutrition.

In the study, when fresh broccoli sprouts were eaten with broccoli powder, the scientists were able to measure bioactive compounds in the blood 30 minutes later. When these peaked at three hours, they were much higher when the foods were eaten together than when either was eaten alone. Urine samples corroborated the blood results, said Jenna Cramer, lead author of the study.

It's no secret that many people cook the benefits right out of broccoli instead of steaming it lightly for two to four minutes to protect its healthful properties, she said.

"However, this study shows that even if broccoli is overcooked, you can still boost its benefits by pairing it with another food that contains myrosinase," she said.

Myrosinase is the enzyme necessary to form sulforaphane, the vegetable's cancer-preventive component, co-author Margarita Teran-Garcia explained.

Note what happened with the fresh broccoli sprouts and broccoli powder eaten in this experiment. The powder doesn't contain myrosinase, but it does contain the precursor to the anti-cancer agent sulforaphane. Eaten together, the sprouts were able to lend their myrosinase to the powder. As predicted, both foods produced sulforaphane and provided greater anti-cancer benefit, Jeffery said.

Other foods that will boost broccoli's benefits if they are paired together include radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, and Brussels sprouts.

"Here's another benefit of protecting and enhancing the myrosinase in your foods," Jeffery said. "If myrosinase is present, sulforaphane is released in the ilium, the first part of your digestive system. Absorption happens well and quickly there, which is why we saw bioactivity in 30 minutes."

An earlier Jeffery study showed that microbiota are capable of releasing sulforaphane in the lower gut, but absorption happens more slowly in the colon than in the upper intestine, she said.

Scientists say that as little as three to five servings of broccoli a week provide a cancer-protective benefit.

"But it pays to spice it up for added benefits and find ways to make it appealing so you don't mind eating it if you're not a broccoli fan. I add fresh broccoli sprouts to sandwiches and add them as one of my pizza toppings after the pie is out of the oven," Cramer said.

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The study is available pre-publication online in the British Journal of Nutrition at http://journals.cambridge.org/jeffery.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: broccoli; cancer; spicyfood

1 posted on 09/13/2011 6:29:07 AM PDT by decimon
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Ping


2 posted on 09/13/2011 6:30:04 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Broccoli with mustard and horseradish .... it might catch on!


3 posted on 09/13/2011 6:32:11 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: decimon
How about this... INDIAN STYLE BROCOLLI WITH SPICED YOUGURT?


4 posted on 09/13/2011 6:34:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: decimon

Broccoli Bump!


5 posted on 09/13/2011 6:34:37 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: decimon

ping


6 posted on 09/13/2011 6:35:17 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: decimon

How about Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco Sauce?


7 posted on 09/13/2011 6:36:51 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

What are broccoli sprouts or broccoli powder?


8 posted on 09/13/2011 6:42:32 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: nikos1121

never heard of the powder but the sprouts are good. I just picked some up a couple of weeks ago and they’re great in salad.


9 posted on 09/13/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: Ken522

Shredded broccoli stems and green cabbage slaw with some wasabi in the dressing. Delicious.


10 posted on 09/13/2011 6:49:12 AM PDT by yooling (God only asks for 10%. Uncle Sam wants it all.)
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To: decimon

11 posted on 09/13/2011 6:50:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: decimon

New Ag Market, Sprouts of Broccoli....hmmm

They don’t sell them fresh in my store but they have tons of local Fresh Broccoli.


12 posted on 09/13/2011 6:56:39 AM PDT by dila813
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To: decimon

Hmmm Guess I will start having broccoli with my Hot Wings instead of Celery. :-)


13 posted on 09/13/2011 7:06:27 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: decimon

Broccoli powder? Never heard of it.

Isn’t the University of Illinois the institution that employed Bill Ayres on its faculty?


14 posted on 09/13/2011 7:16:49 AM PDT by Mobties (RCHN)
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To: Mobties
Isn’t the University of Illinois the institution that employed Bill Ayres on its faculty?

Not only that but the United States is the country that birthed Bill Ayers.

15 posted on 09/13/2011 7:21:08 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Sulforaphane is found in all cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, etc.


16 posted on 09/13/2011 7:28:56 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: decimon

Interesting.


17 posted on 09/13/2011 8:15:26 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: decimon

Thanks!


18 posted on 09/13/2011 8:23:38 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: decimon

http://www.broccosprouts.com/

ARe these the same thing as bean sprouts? Has anyone seen these at Kroger?


19 posted on 09/13/2011 10:23:26 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: NativeSon

http://www.broccosprouts.com/

Are you talking about this, or are we talking about the stem of the broccoli. What kind of mustard?


20 posted on 09/13/2011 10:40:15 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: NativeSon

http://www.broccosprouts.com/

Are you talking about this, or are we talking about the stem of the broccoli. What kind of mustard?


21 posted on 09/13/2011 10:56:09 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: Ken522

I love horseradish, gets the blood flowing, helps keep my sinuses clear...
I have a little bit at least every day and practically buy it by the quart!
Even got some in my garden. The leaves are good salad veggies also!


22 posted on 09/13/2011 11:00:52 AM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: TEXOKIE

You’re welcome.


23 posted on 09/13/2011 11:10:34 AM PDT by decimon
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To: nikos1121

This is from the Wikipedia entry on broccoli sprouts: “Broccoli sprouts are 3- to 4-day old broccoli plants that look like alfalfa sprouts but taste like radish.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoli_sprouts

Tasting like radish is not a bad thing, IMO.


24 posted on 09/13/2011 11:15:16 AM PDT by decimon
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To: nikos1121
that's them. I had wasabi with the same meal. There are a number of plants that produce the compound, I guess it is a commonality of the “mustard oil” producers - cabbages are in there
25 posted on 09/13/2011 11:25:09 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: NativeSon

Stores near me only have alfalfa sprouts.


26 posted on 09/13/2011 1:40:41 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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