Eating Arugula, Wasabi & Chinese Cabbage with Your Broccoli

Earlier today we posted about research presented at our conference on how to boost a cancer-fighting compound from broccoli called sulforaphane. You can read about that here.

For sulforphane to form in well-cooked broccoli, University of Illinois’ Elizabeth Jeffery talked about the research on eating broccoli with raw foods containing myrosinase. So what foods should you eat with your broccoli? Dr.¬†Jeffery gave us some options, including arugula, chinese cabbage and… drumsticks?! Slide1

Broccoli: Steam It to Boost Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can lower risk of cancer, and it’s worth concerning yourself with how you cook them, says Elizabeth Jeffery, PhD, a scientist who spoke this morning at our annual research conference.Kohl

Her studies suggest that steaming your broccoli for three to four minutes until it turns a bright green will boost its cancer-fighting compounds.

Broccoli contains lots of compounds studied for their cancer-fighting abilities. One of the top contenders is sulforaphane. Sulforaphane isn’t found naturally in broccoli: it forms when other compounds in broccoli come together: glucosinolates and the enzyme myrosinase.

But microwave or boil your broccoli¬†too much and it can destroy its myrosinase. Destroy that — sulforaphane can’t form. Continue reading