What are Cruciferous Vegetables and Why Are They Highly Researched for their Importance in Disease Prevention?
When I was first studying Natural Health I learned that this group of vegetables was originally named for the four equal-sized petals in its flowers that could be viewed as forming a cross-like or crucifix shape. However, because research on cruciferous vegetables has skyrocketed many scientists are starting to favor the term "brassica vegetables” because they are of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae). Cruciferous vegetables are one of the dominant food crops worldwide.
The vitamin K content of cruciferous vegetables — especially kale and collards — is fascinating to think about in light of the intensive research over the past five years on cancer, inflammation. Vitamin K is a conventional nutrient that clearly helps regulate our inflammatory response, including chronic, excessive inflammatory responses that can increase our risk of certain cancers. Studies on cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention have not typically focused on vitamin K per se, but we suspect that the amazing K content of cruciferous vegetables is definitely related to their cancer-preventive properties through mechanisms involving better control of inflammation.1
The most exciting research is that they contain nutrients which Kill Cancer! According to the National Cancer Institute, the secret behind the cancer-killing ability of cruciferous veggies is that they are rich in glucosinolates – a large group of sulfur-containing compounds. These powerhouse chemicals are known to break down during the chewing and digestion process into biologically active compounds that prevent cancer cells growth, which are referred to as indoles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates.
Having been discovered to prevent cancer growth in rats and mice, indoles and isothiocyanates are heralded to protect against cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach.
Research suggests that this happens because glucosinolates stimulate what are known as Phase II enzymes, the body’s natural antioxidant system. In essence, glucosinolates trigger the liver to produce detoxifying enzymes that block free-radical attack on your DNA. It has also been reported that glucosinolates: 2
Happy new year to 2017! This is the perfect time of the year to examine what holds us back in health and happiness because, let's face it, they can go hand-in-hand! When we have good health we can be happy, sharing, giving and nurturing, but if we are sick and tired all the time it is extremely hard to take the highroad. My philosophy is "Faith or fear" As we mature there is so much marketing regarding all the sickness and pain we are headed toward that we develop the "fear" that if we don't get this test or that preventative shot we will surely develop horrible consequences. Did you know that what ever your mind believes your body will respond to? Instead of faith that we won't get a serious illness, we live in the fear that we will! We look for our special diagnosis and when we finally find it, we own it forever. It becomes who we are! My experience has shown me THAT simply isn't true. The body has the ability to heal itself if given the right raw materials. Diet, exercise, clean water, fresh air and sunshine are critical. When I was younger I was told I had allergies for which I took medicine daily not realizing I would develop another problem. I developed asthma and soon after added a heart problem. In addition, I had four serious accidents where I chipped my neck bone, injured my sciatica, fell off a horse and broke my back, had my wrist run over by a car and eventually fractured five places in my sacrum! Now you would think this girl is the perfect candidate for a mobile car and a respirator! However, with faith and determination to be well, I am happy to report to you I no longer have illness or pain in my body! I will be 68 in April and my firm belief is "if you weren't born with it, you probably created it and if you created it nature has an answer".
Faith or Fear... Your Choice!
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by Teri Tomlinson
Years ago, when I was extremely ill, I began to realize that something was was just not right. I was suffering from severe allergies, asthma and a heart problem. In addition I had a number of accidents with major injuries, which included chipping my neck bone, injuring my sciatica and breaking my back. I was in so much pain, sneezing all the time, I had hives every day and was noticing my skin seemed very thin. I was taking many medications, but after a while, realized that I was not getting any better—in fact I was getting worse! One day I woke up and decided I needed a new plan. I had to get my life back! I sought out an herbalist and began to research herbs and organic foods. A journey that has proven to be the best choice I could have ever made!
One of the first things I learned, that really kept me motivated on my quest for better health, was that the human body is an incredible machine. Part of what makes it impressive is its ability to regenerate itself! Did you know that the human body, right down to the last atom, is replaced every 7 years?
In his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra states, “The skin replaces itself once a month, the stomach lining every five days, the liver every six weeks, and the skelton every three months. By the end of the year, 98 percent of the atoms in your body will have been exchanged for new ones”. 1 Scientist have even discovered that parts of the brain are, in fact, capable of regeneration! Think about it, the way we think and act today will determine what kind of body we will have next year.
This information was so profound to me that it gave me great hope and conviction that I would be able to change my situation and I can honestly say, without a doubt, that it has! I look back on those years of suffering and realize that it is true, “you don’t know what you don’t know, until you know it”!
I was so motivated to build a new body and I understood that the best way to make that happen, was to put in my body the highest quality raw materials I could find! If I was going to replace my dying cells with new and stronger cells I needed to pay attention to every calorie that went into my body. Obviously, what I was doing yesterday was not working. It occurred to me that if I continued to ignore the fact that our food sources had changed so drastically over the years, I would surely never get well. (what with fast food restaurants and convenience foods that are highly processed and laced with all kinds of chemicals) It was not easy, nor convenient, to make a change to whole raw and living foods from this great earth, but it was well worth it. I had to develop a new palate that did not include sodas, pastries and white bread and candy bars. I had to learn the names of many scary vegetables and how to prepare them. I had to constantly think, if there were no restaurants, grocery stores or refrigerators what would I eat? I had to learn that water is really the best hydrator and energy drinks are not necessary when the body is balanced. There are no short cuts to good health!
Teri Tomlinson has been studying natural health for more than 30 years. She is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, a Master Herbalist, Certified Natural Health Professional, Certified Weight loss Coach and a Chi Kung/Tai Chi Master Trainer. She was presented a “Higher Achievement Award” for Naturopathic Doctors by the American Naturopathic Medical Association in Sept 2014.