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Your Best Defense Against Cancer?

Broccoli is rapidly coming to the forefront of clinical research as possessing potent anti-cancer properties. Seems like Mom had it right all along when she said to “eat your greens.” What is it about this cruciferous vegetable that could make it your best defense against cancer, a disease expected to strike 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in their lifetime?

The science of sulforaphane

Sulforaphane is the bioactive compound found in broccoli—with the greatest concentrations found in broccoli sprouts—and sulforaphane is the star of numerous studies.

Researchers reporting in the journal Clinical Epigenetics state that sulforaphane “induces potent anti-proliferative effects in prostate cancer cells” an effect the lead author attributes to “how sulforaphane may regulate gene expression.”

When it comes to disease, is your DNA your destiny?

While our DNA does not change, the field of epigenetics explores how a network of chemical switches within our cells is influenced by diet, toxins and other environmental factors. This is why identical twins—who share the exact same DNA—can develop very different health outcomes, based on how much a gene is expressed or activated.

This gene expression can play a powerful role in our susceptibility or resistance to many diseases. Randy Jirtle of Duke University Medical Center described the epigenome as, “…like the software that tells the computer (your gene) when to work, how to work, and how much.”

The role of sulforaphane in epigenetics

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University recently discovered yet another reason why sulforaphane in broccoli is so good for you—it provides not one but two ways to prevent cancer through the complex mechanism of epigenetics.

“It appears that DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition, both of which can be influenced by sulforaphane, work in concert with each other to maintain proper cell function,” said Emily Ho, an associate professor in the Linus Pauling Institute and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Emily Ho continued, “Cancer is very complex and it’s usually not just one thing that has gone wrong. It’s increasingly clear that sulforaphane is a real multi-tasker. The more we find out about it, the more benefits it appears to have.”

Farm-fresh broccoli

Serving up broccoli means more sulforaphane!

Serving up sulforaphane

How can you add this defender to your diet? While broccoli is readily available in grocery stores, it may sound unpalatable to discover you have to eat it raw to get the full benefits of sulforaphane.

The phytonutrients—like sulforaphane—found in vegetables only make it to your plate when:

  • Grown in nutrient-dense soils (with no pesticides or herbicides)
  • Harvested at the peak of ripeness (not ripened on the truck ride)
  • Go from farm to table quickly (in days not weeks)
  • Raw: since any food heated over 116° destroys nutrients

And that’s assuming you like broccoli. For the non-veggie types out there, the idea of chewing on broccoli every day can be a little hard to swallow.

Is supplementation the answer?

Since less than 10% of us get the recommended 5-9 servings of fruit and veggies a day, supplements can help fill the gap. But which supplements?

Take a look at Touchstone Essentials’ Supergreens + D. It comes with a proprietary blend of nutrient-rich greens—barley, parsley, spinach and broccoli sprouts—that specialize in raising the body’s pH to an alkaline environment (good for you, bad for germs) and is an excellent source of sulforaphane with 160 mcg packed into every serving.*

Grown in a nutrient-dense ancient lakebed—and harvested at the peak of ripeness—each crop is processed using breakthrough cold-processing that begins within hours of picking, and is never heated above 106 degrees.

Every serving of Supergreens + D comes with over ¾ of a pound of broccoli (0.8 lbs), concentrated into three small capsules.

Touchstone has chosen a different path, offering whole-food nutrition that preserves and protects the good inside. It’s not a drug (nor does it claim to treat, cure or prevent any disease). It’s real food for real people.

And for non-veggie types, these broccoli-filled capsules are a lot easier to swallow. Mom would be proud.