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Could Broccoli Prevent Prostate and Other Cancers

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Could Broccoli Prevent Prostate Cancer?

 

 

Using food to prevent prostate cancer sounds too easy, doesn’t it?  Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute confirmed that it really can be as simple as that.

 

Broccoli, cauliflower, rutabaga, arugula, radish, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, greens, watercress, turnips, and kale are members of the cruciferous vegetable family.  Scientifically, they are called Brassicaceae, which translates to “cabbage.”  They are readily available in most markets, inexpensive, and offer a fantastic array of health benefits.

 

Researchers with Cancer Care Ontario evaluated more than 1,300 male patients based on diet and found that cruciferous vegetables in particular lowered risk for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

 

Of 137 foods on the questionnaire, broccoli and cauliflower seemed to have the greatest impact on overall risk but all the leafy greens showed significant ability to prevent prostate cancer.

 

Authors with the study stated, “Aggressive prostate cancer is biologically virulent and associated with poor prognosis.  Therefore, if the association that we observed is ultimately found to be causal, a possible means to reduce the burden of this disease may be primary prevention through increased consumption of broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly spinach.”

 

Incredible Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables

 

This vegetable family has even more to offer!  They are excellent raw or cooked, useful in all manner of meals, and easy to prepare.

 

5 Benefits of Leafy Greens

 

  1. Weight Control: They are packed with powerful nutrients such as vitamins A, Bs, and C, folic acid, and fiber. They are low in calories so they are an ideal nutrient-dense food if you’re looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight.

 

  1. Antioxidant Bioavailability: Your body loves these veggies and absorbs most of the nutrients they offer. This is especially important in regards to their vitamin C, manganese, beta-carotene, and lutein.  Your digestive tract uses it all so you get the full impact.

 

  1. Cancer Fighter: Aside from preventing prostate cancer, there are many studies linking cruciferous veggies with a lower risk of breast, uterine, lung, liver, colorectal, and cervix cancer. In fact, 70% of the scientific community’s research on cruciferous veggies mention the link to lower cancer risk.

 

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  1. Obliterates Oxidation: With the amount of nutrients found in this vegetable family, it is no surprise that 1-2 cups per day drastically reduced patient oxidation by 22% overall. In a comparison to multivitamin impact on oxidation, researchers saw less than one-half of 1% reduction in oxidation for those taking a supplement.  These vegetables are better than any vitamin.

 

  1. Heart Health: If you want to steadily lower the heat of body wide inflammation, the vitamin K and omega-3s in cruciferous vegetables is definitely the way to go. Chronic inflammation due to diet, stress, and poor lifestyle habits is a major bio-marker for heart disease and every other major condition.  These foods can help to cool down inflammation and fight the free radicals that lead to heart attack and stroke.

 

There are so many other great benefits of cruciferous vegetables such as the fiber that helps keep your digestive system healthy and moving properly.  They are abundant in vitamin A which is excellent news for preserving your vision as you age.  The heavy nutrient content in general is a good way to boost your immune system to help you fight illness from the inside out.

 

If you are looking for foods that taste great, don’t cost a small fortune, and are available just about everywhere, look no further than broccoli and the rest of the cousins in the cruciferous veggie family.

 

Their ability to prevent prostate cancer is just the beginning.

 

Please feel free to share with family and loved ones.  Please call us with any questions.

 

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Apple Ambrosia

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Betty’s Apple Ambrosia

 

You might remember ambrosia with the sugars and mini marshmallows.  Here is a much better version for you.

 

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice with lots of pulp, or more as needed

3 ripe, sweet apples, such as Red Delicious

One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

1/2 cup frozen grated coconut, thawed

1/4 cup sugar

 

Pour the orange juice into a medium bowl. Peel and core the apples, and then grate them into the orange juice using the large-hole side of the grater. Add the pineapple, coconut and sugar. Mix well, adding more orange juice if the mixture is not juicy enough. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The apples will continue to absorb juice, and orange juice can be added as needed to keep it as juicy as you like.

 

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Strawberry Bellini

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Fresh Strawberry Bellini

 

Ingredients

1 bottle prosecco*

2 cups pureed and strained fresh strawberries

Special equipment: Blender, strainer, iced champagne flutes, pitcher and tall “swizzle stirrer” (for the pitcher)

 

Directions

Place 8 Champagne flutes in the freezer for 20 minutes. Open the prosecco and let it stand in an ice bucket for 5 minutes.

 

Into a pitcher, pour the 2 cups pureed strawberries. Gently pour in the bottle of prosecco and stir gently to combine. Divide among Champagne flutes and serve.

 

*For Kid Bellinis, substitute sparkling water for the prosecco.

 

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Easter Pie

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Easter Pie

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for garnish

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup cooked short-grained rice

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

6 sheets fresh phyllo sheets or frozen, thawed

3/4 stick (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

 

Directions:

 

Blend 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest and ricotta in a food processor until smooth. Stir in the rice and pine nuts. Set the ricotta mixture aside.

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

 

Lightly butter a 9-inch glass pie dish. Lay 1 phyllo sheet over the bottom and up the sides of the dish, allowing the phyllo to hang over the sides. Brush the phyllo with the melted butter. Top with a second sheet of phyllo dough, laying it in the opposite direction as the first phyllo sheet. Continue layering the remaining sheets of phyllo sheets, alternating after each layer and buttering each sheet. Spoon the ricotta mixture into the dish. Fold the overhanging phyllo dough over the top of the filling to enclose it completely. Brush completely with melted butter.

 

Bake the pie until the phyllo is golden brown and the filling is set, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool completely. Sift powdered sugar over the pie and serve.

 

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