In recent years researchers are focusing on vegetables as important medicinal foods for disease prevention, to improve longevity, health and wellness, and are finding substances that prevent some diseases and decrease inflammation. Estimates show that there are about 27 million people suffering from osteoarthritis in the United States alone. Studies published by the British Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism declare that sulforaphane slows the cartilage destruction caused by arthritic inflammation. Sulforaphane is a substance produced by an enzyme found in cruciferous plants when they are physically damaged, such as when they are chopped or chewed. It is found in all cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, Bok Choy and cauliflower in smaller, less effective amounts. Earlier studies also confirmed that broccoli and its cruciferous cousins also filter out carcinogens, reducing tumor growth. Counted as one of the new superfoods, broccoli is high in vitamins A, B, C, and K as well as rich in potassium, zinc, fiber, and produces sulfur compounds that help filter carcinogens.
Broccoli can be easily incorporated in any recipe. Try the Creamy Vegetable Soufflé made with broccoli, or add it to a cream soup made with Jiffy Enriched Soup, or from scratch using Cream Soup Base recipe. My family’s favorite is a steamy bowl of Cheddar Cheese Soup with a generous portion of chopped broccoli mixed in during the last simmer. You can find these and more recipes in Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life.