The benefits of Sulfur Compounds Found in Cruciferous Vegetables
Plants from the cruciferous family of vegetables are high in sulforaphane. Research indicates that sulforaphane has the ability to increase the capacity of the liver to detoxify harmful, cancer-causing compounds. Specifically, sulforaphane increases the activity of the liver’s Phase 2 detoxification enzymes. These enzymes are well known for their ability to clear a wide variety of toxic compounds from the body including not only many carcinogens, but also many reactive oxygen species, a particularly nasty type of free radical. Crucifers provide protection against cell mutations, cancer and numerous other harmful effects that would otherwise be caused by these toxins.
A study published in the August 2003 issue of the International Journal of Cancer suggests that eating lots of cruciferous vegetables may provide a significant survival advantage for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. One of the most aggressive cancers, ovarian cancer claims the lives of 14,000 American women each year. The sulphane compound not only increases the excretion of the form of estrogen linked to breast cancer, but dramatically improves the body’s ability to eliminate numerous carcinogens. Only eating lots of vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables was helpful; taking supplements had no effect.
Taking advantage of the health benefits that the cruciferous vegetables have to offer is easy: Simply eat at least one serving from this versatile and varied family of vegetables every day.