Vegetables (Broccolli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts etc)
are probably caused by saturated fatty diets which curtail the bodies
The best weapon against cancer is - HOLD YOUR
BREATH - Cabbage, cauliflower, broccolli, raddish, turnip and brussels
sprouts - long classified as ANTI CANCER FOODS.
is a genus of plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). The members of
the genus may be collectively known either as cabbages, or as mustards.
Crops from this genus are sometimes called cole crops, which is derived
from the Latin caulis, meaning stem or cabbage.
- Rich in Nitrogen
compounds called indoles. Indoles act to make estrogen less potent and
thus may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- These veggies also
include another anti-cancer chemical sulforaphane. Sulforaphane may
neutralise cancer causing chemicals that damage cells; also interferes
with tumour growth.
- There is plenty of fibre
in the above veggies too, which is another cancer fighter specially of
digestive system by inhibiting growth of small lumps which can become
- These vegetables are
also good sources of folic acid ( a B vitamin), vitamin C, fibre, and
carotenoids - all cancer fighters
Almost all parts of some species or other have been developed for food,
including the root (rutabaga, turnips), stems (kohlrabi), leaves (cabbage,
kale), flowers (cauliflower, broccoli), and seeds (many, including mustard
seed, and oil-producing rapeseed). Some forms with white or purple foliage
or flower heads are also sometimes grown for ornament.
Brassica vegetables are highly regarded for their nutritional value. They
provide high amounts of vitamin C and soluble fiber and contain multiple
nutrients with potent anticancer properties: 3,3'-diindolylmethane,
sulforaphane and selenium. Boiling reduces the level of anticancer
compounds, but steaming, microwaving, and stir frying do not result in
significant loss. Steaming the vegetable for three to four minutes is
recommended to maximize sulforaphane.
Brassica vegetables are rich in indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts
DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. They
are also a good source of carotenoids, with broccoli having especially high
levels. 3,3'-diindolylmethane in Brassica vegetables is a potent modulator
of the innate immune response system with potent antiviral, antibacterial
and anticancer activity; however, it also is an antiandrogen. These
vegetables also contain goitrogens, which suppress thyroid function. This
can induce hypothyroidism and goiter. People with hypothyroidism should
avoid Brassica vegetables or eat them only after consultation with doctor.
The following is an abbreviated list, with an emphasis on economically
• B. carinata: Abyssinian mustard or Abyssinian cabbage, used to produce
• B. elongata: elongated mustard
• B. fruticulosa: Mediterranean cabbage
• B. juncea: Indian mustard, brown and leaf mustards, Sarepta mustard
• B. napus: rapeseed, canola, rutabaga (swede turnip)
• B. narinosa: broadbeaked mustard
• B. nigra: black mustard
• B. oleracea: kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kai-lan, Brussels
• B. perviridis: tender green, mustard spinach
• B. rapa (syn B. campestris): Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, komatsuna
• B. rupestris: brown mustard
• B. septiceps: seventop turnip
• B. tournefortii: Asian mustard