You are probably well-aware of the negative effects of smoking, promiscuous sex and the lack of exercise. But a family history of cancers is, at the very least, haunting. In our lifetimes, we will all have scary or deadly brushes with cancer. “The second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease,” says the CDC (Center for Disease Control), who reported 80% of senior men having prostate cancer at autopsy. Prostate cancer is the most common, followed closely behind by breast and lung cancers.
If and when cancer strikes, a popular place to turn for help are naturopathic doctors. By the time these patients arrive however, their options are limited. Cancer prevention begins in childhood. It begins now, with clean air and food as medicine. As we learn this, alternative scientists have discovered certain foods are more beneficial than others. At times, the powerful healing compounds in these plants are at their peak as they just begin to peek their heads from the soil: sprouts! Learn about the incredible anti-cancerous properties of sprouts, as well as their ability to jolt a power punch of vitamins, antioxidants and other valuable chemicals into your body.
Dr. Paul Alalay from John’s Hopkins University identified a compound in broccoli sprouts that boosts the body’s ability to fight cancer. Sulforaphane glucosinolate, an abundant chemical in the Brassica family, reduces cancer risk and is at 10-50 times more potent in sprouts than a mature plant. Findings have been promoted by New York Times, Live Strong as well as Popular Mechanics. Broccoli sprouts have a light peppery flavor.
Radish sprouts contain amino acids, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium, and Iron – as well as Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. More importantly, they can inhibit cancer cell growth by enhancing interferon in the immune system, as well as stimulate a loss of appetite. Too fragile to cook, the sprouts of radish are spicy and extra flavorful.
Juiced wheatgrass cleanses and restores the alkalinity in the blood. It can reverse obesity, increasing the function of the thyroid. Many different conclusions exist about the anti-cancerous properties of wheatgrass, the most reputable benefits are it’s chlorophyll and enzymes. Then there are several topical soothing and stimulating uses for the plant. It’s juice can be described as sharp and… well, grassy! The benefits of wheatgrass can only be absorbed by juicing.
Growing your own sprouts is easy, but do not grow them hydroponically so as to reduce the chance of bacterial infection. Spraying with hydrogen peroxide is an organic practice to kill harmful bacteria. Do not spray with pesticides or fungicides, as this goes against the purpose and can detriment your health. Eat sprouts atop a sandwich, salad wrap or baked potato for a boost of flavor to your lunch. Incorporate them into salsa or stir-fry. Blend into a smoothie or shot, or simply salt them if needed and munch for a healthy snack. Be sure to wash the soil from or cut off their roots.
Your diet can boost your body’s natural defenses against disease and illness that surround us everyday. Find out about these fiesty baby plants, and begin implementing them into your diet today.