I have been listening to a lot of Dr. Rhonda Patrick. She is very technical, but smart and just below the super-nerd threshold that would make her impossible to understand. Here is a summary of what I have learned today.
Consuming cruciferous vegetables dramatically decreases chances of getting all types of cancer, decreases risks of cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer in the US), helps with the growth of new neurons (neuroplasticity), aids in muscle growth, potentially allows you to run longer, and will help you live longer. This include breast and lung cancer. Even after you have cancer, these vegetables will help as well.
Cruciferous vegetables include (not limited to):
- Bok choy.
- Broccoli. (Sprouts as well)
- Brussels sprouts.
- Collard greens
Here is the catch, cooking these greens at high temperatures destroys some of the nutritional value. It is not bad to have these vegetables cooked, but you definitely want to consume them raw as well. Cruciferous vegetables exert their greatest beneficial effect with the amount sulforaphane, one of the best anti-carcinogens, they contain.
Cruciferous vegetables and broccoli sprout powder can lower inflammatory cytokines by up to 20%. These inflammatory cytokines (inflammation throughout the guy and body) are now shown to cause depression and depression. Therefore, it is like that by eating broccoli sprouts, you can live a happier life.
The easiest way to reap the befits of cruciferous vegetables is through young, fresh broccoli sprouts.
Broccoli sprouts can be extracted into a pill, which has been shown to prevent and help with type II diabitis. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2134735-5-kilograms-of-broccoli-in-a-pill-slashes-diabetics-blood-sugar/
It seems like a great idea to start consuming green smoothies. These smoothies can be as simple as a handful of kale/broccoli sprouts, some berries or a banana and yogurt. Bananas make smoothies creamier. Avocado will do this as well. There are several recipes online. Here is a more complicated recipe from Onnit.com
- 1/2 (packed) cup broccoli sprouts
- 1/2 cup cucumber (skin on)
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1/4 avocado, peeled
- 10 shakes turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt
- 1 serving protein powder
- 1 cup pure coconut water
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups ice (consistency preference)
Here is a green smoothie recipe from Joe Rogan:
- 4 stalks kale.
- 4 celery stems.
- 1 cucumber.
- 1 pear.
- 1/2″ ginger.
- 8 oz water (optional, to help items blend together more smoothly)
Furthermore, in mice models (not Zoolander mice, but I love calling them mouse models vs studies):
Here is a 45 minute video if you want to learn more.