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Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccolli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts etc)

Cancers are probably caused by saturated fatty diets which curtail the bodies fighting immunity.
The best weapon against cancer is - HOLD YOUR BREATH - Cabbage, cauliflower, broccolli, raddish, turnip and brussels sprouts - long classified as ANTI CANCER FOODS. 
  • 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 cancerous.
  • These vegetables are also good sources of folic acid ( a B vitamin), vitamin C, fibre, and carotenoids - all cancer fighters
It 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.

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 important species:
B. carinata: Abyssinian mustard or Abyssinian cabbage, used to produce biodiesel
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 sprouts, kohlrabi
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

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