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More reasons to love broccoli

Discussion in 'Health, Somatics & Psychological Well-being' started by Linda, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    I grew up hearing that broccoli was nature's broom - the polite way of saying it was good for moving things along your digestive tract. I love it steamed with lemon juice and salt or with a little goat cheese. I have given up two of my childhood staples of broccoli-cheese-rice casserole and broccoli-cheese soup.

    Sulforaphane, one of the agents in broccoli, may have a great potential in dealing with type 2 diabetes. The preliminary studies done with mice and people show the powdered form of sulforaphane yielded as good results as did the most prescribed drug. More tests are needed, but they are hopeful about bringing this pill to market. Why a pill? You would have to eat 8 pounds of broccoli to get the same benefits as one pill.

    In their search for an alternative therapy, researcher Annika Axelson of the University of Gothenburg and her colleagues decided to use a different tactic. Instead of targeting an individual gene or protein, they focused on identifying the genes responsible for the liver's elevated glucose production, a key disease mechanism. By analyzing the liver tissue of diabetic mice that had been fed a high-fat diet, they eventually identified a network of 50 genes responsible for causing increased blood glucose levels. This was then matched against different compounds for drugs that could potentially reverse the disease.


    Of the 2,800 substances that they investigated, one stood out: sulforaphane. Researchers were alerted to its potential impact on diabetes when they found it tamping down glucose production in cultured liver cells.

    http://newatlas.com/type-2-diabetes-broccoli-compound-sulfiraphane/50078/
     
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  2. Lila

    Lila Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    I understand that one gets the most 'bang for their buck' with sulpha compounds by eating broccoli sprouts. I've found them in stores quite readily but also have found kits that allow you to sprout them yourself with ease, making it pretty simple to add this little beauty to your daily diet. Goes great sprinkled on salads, as garnish, or just as a handful straight up with lunch.
     
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  3. Out of Time

    Out of Time Visiting Paragon

    There was a time when I was getting vegetarian and I made a short research on he Internet about the foods that must be included in the diet of a non-meat eater. Broccoli seems to be one of them, together with other green vegetables like Brussels sprouts and spinach.

    I love it boiled with potatoes, after which I add a spread similar to salsa and vinegar.
     
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  4. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    OK...I'll admit it.

    I especially like broccoli...o:)...because it helps make some awesome trumpeting noises from one's "nether" regions! O.o:D

    LOL!

    :-D :-)) :fp s:p :bag
     
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  5. Glo

    Glo Steadfast Being

    You are too funny Mr. Stargazer....:-)) from one good stinker to another! So has anybody here got any ideas that would make me want to eat brussels sprouts...I have to get out the clothes pin with that, I can't even stand the smell of em cooking let alone eat one. Ss:p:confused:hish!
     
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  6. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    I had a really rough time coming to like Brussels sprouts. When I was a kid, I absolutely HATED them! The taste would make me gag and I'd almost vomit with every bite. My mom, who usually just steamed them, would make me sit at the table until I finally ate them--usually long after everyone else had eaten dessert and left the table. And if I didn't eat them that night, she'd save them in the 'fridge for breakfast the next morning. s:p Needless to say, me and Brussels sprouts didn't get along.

    HOWEVER, many years later, my wife (who LOVES them) had some great ways to make them...and despite my checkered past, I started to like them too! One FABULOUS way is to make them in a cheese sauce...that's my favorite. Another way is to peel the heads apart so you're left with a bunch of Brussels sprout leaves, oil a baking pan with olive oil, then scatter the leaves on the baking pan. Grind some fresh garlic pepper (or something similar over the top and sprinkle (LIBERALLY, if you dare) shaved or grated parmesan cheese on top. Then just broil them in the oven until they're a bit crispy 'round the edges. They're really, REALLY good that way!

    Hope that helps, Glo...if you try 'em let me know what you think!
     
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  7. Glo

    Glo Steadfast Being

    I know just how THAT felt, same thing at our house and had to ask permission to get up from the table. We didn't have BS much at our house....arg....:ROFL: now that I put it that way....hehe I lied, we were BS'ed all the time, my Dad's side of the family was a hoot, he came from a long line of BS'ers!! :-)) Anyway, back to the brussels sprouts s:p, IF I ever get the chance to try them like your recipe suggests... I promise I will but I have a feeling the only place I would ever see them like that would be at your house. lol
    Now lets talk spinach....this stuff I can't get enough of.

    Here is a FYI everybody, you all probably know already but all green veggies have a high content of vitamin K and should not be eaten in excess if you are on blood thinners. Vit. K helps to koagulate the blood and is actually used as an antidote if unusual bleeding occurs with thinners.

    Ya know it seems to me that if a person that has a bunch of goop in their veins it would work to eat a bunch of vit. K then go and give blood somewhere and get rid of the gunk! :D I know I'm a nut!
     
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  8. June

    June Visiting Paragon

    Absolutely love broccoli but my system doesn't, IBS :( same with sprouts and cabbage, but I love spinach, peppers and many other veggies
     
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