I recommend cruciferous vegetables for detoxification so often that I'm sure some of my patients think I own stock in a broccoli farm.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I don't -- but if I ever decided to get into the agricultural business, I'd grow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale.
They're that good.
When you detox with these vegetables, you not only rid your body of toxins, you also give it the power to fight cancer -- and the latest research shows why women in particular should make sure they boost their intake of these veggies.
In a new study out of China, researchers found that breast cancer patients who had the highest intake of cruciferous vegetables were 62 percent less likely to die of the disease and 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence when compared to those who ate the least.
The study of nearly 5,000 women between the ages of 20 and 75 even found that those who ate the most of these vegetables had a lower risk of death from all causes.
A coincidence? I don't think so -- because cruciferous vegetables are rich in powerful glucosinolates, which break down to form isothiocyanates. You don't have to memorize either tongue-twisting word, just remember this: isothiocyanates can fight tumors and even cause cancer cells to commit suicide.
They're so powerful that the drug industry is trying to develop cancer meds based on isothiocyanates -- but why wait for their synthetic version when you can get your own natural daily dose the delicious way?
Our most common cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, but it's worth noting that the women in this study ate a more typical Chinese diet -- and their most common cruciferous vegetables include bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and turnips.
More importantly, they also eat a lot more of these vegetables overall -- so if you want to take advantage of those cancer-fighting properties yourself, make sure you increase your own intake.
And if you haven't tried bok choy, you've been missing out.