What you eat can have a profound affect on your cancer risk...
By Pat Wetzel
I was at the store yesterday and nestled in among the pumpkins were long stalks of brussels sprouts. People seem to love or hate this vegetable, and I fall on the love side of the equation. Just steamed with (organic) butter they are wonderful. Roasted with garlic they take on an entirely different quality. As a salad, they’re a delicious option as well. Forget any bad experiences from your past. Buy fresh brussels sprouts (Trader Joe’s is currently carrying them on their stalk, as shown in this picture) and give this wonderful anti-cancer, nutrient rich vegetable a try!
Why Eat Brussel Sprouts?
Because they are a serious anti-cancer food!
PubMed has over 100 studies on this vegetable. Over half the studies focus on the anti-cancer properties of this cruciferous vegetable. Specifically, the nutrients in brussels sprouts provide support for your (1) detox system, (2) antioxidant system, and (3) anti-inflammatory system. Additional reading (below) goes into some of the detail on the interaction between cancer cells and the phytonutrients and other anti-cancer compounds in brussels sprouts.
This is a great video from Gordon Ramsay for a holiday brussels sprouts recipe:
Ina Garten’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Maple Hickory Nuts
Frisee and Endive Salad with Warm Brussels Sprouts and Toasted Pecans
12 Super Addictive Brussels Sprout Recipes
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Pat Wetzel is the Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club. In 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. After three rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation, she is in remission.
How does one take control of one’s health, even in the face of cancer? What are the factors of health in the context of cancer?
Research by Dean Ornish, MD, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Jeanne WallacePhD, CNC, and others point to 4 key factors over which each of us has total control: Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body Modalities (such as stress management) and Social Connection.
The lifestyle choices that create anti-cancer health are not the day to day reality that most of us live. Our lives are fast and stressful. We don’t always eat well and exercise may or may not be part of our equation. And even with family and friends, cancer can be very isolating. People simply don’t know what to say or do.
Ultimately each of us must find our own path, but we don’t have to re-create the wheel. Learn from all of us on this site as we share personal experiences, expertise and insights into creating an anti-cancer life.
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