Broccoli is in the Cruciferae family of vegetables — a group best known for their ability to keep you cancer-free. But the most powerful cancer-fighting Cruciferae is often overlooked…
It’s a spicy a root that can help you detoxify carcinogens 10 times better than broccoli. And due to its super potent cancer-fighting powers (and its super potent taste) a little can go a long way.
It’s horseradish. And whether you eat it in your cocktail sauce, your bloody Mary or in the side of wasabi that comes with your sushi, you’re doing your health a big favor.
That’s because horseradish contains a ton of glucosinolates — the natural compounds that give cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste and their powerful ability to fight cancer.
When you chew or chop cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and horseradish, these glucosinolates are transformed into isothiocyanates — some of the most powerful cancer-fighting compounds around.
Isothiocyanates help your liver detoxify carcinogens, which prevents cancer from taking hold in your body. But their powers go beyond just cancer prevention — they can even help suppress the growth of cancerous tumors. In fact, they’ve been shown to have anti-tumor effects on leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer cells.
Dr. Mosbah Kushad, associate professor of food-crop systems at the University of Illinois, has studied cruciferous vegetables extensively. And he said horseradish contains ten times more glucosinolates than broccoli. That means it helps your body produce ten times more isothiocyanates, and basically fights cancer ten times better than broccoli, the cruciferous vegetables most publicized for cancer prevention.
But besides fighting and preventing cancer, horseradish has a bunch of other health benefits too. It can:
- Clear your sinuses
- Fight bacterial infections (especially urinary tract infections)
- Protect your heart health
- Increase your circulation
- Improve your digestion
If you’re ready to put the health benefits of horseradish to good use in your body, there are a lot of ways to start…
You can make a homemade horseradish mustard. Add a dab of horseradish to your grass-fed steak. Enjoy a weekly virgin horseradish bloody Mary. Or, if you really want to get serious about cancer prevention, you can eat two potent cancer-fighters together by combining broccoli and horseradish in one dish. Here’s a tasty recipe you can try that really harnesses the cancer-fighting powers of these two cruciferous vegetables.
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