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Cruciferous Vegetables

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Glucosinolate-Rich Foods

Cruciferous Vegetables

The 3 brassica family vegetables with the highest glucosinolate levels

Brussels Sprouts            Kale                  Collard Greens                              


Brassica Vegetables

  • Are plants in the mustard family
  • They are a rich source of glucosinolates
  • Glucosinolates are molecules found in cruciferous vegatables that are converted into extremely high anti-cancer fighting compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. The most studied of the isothiocyanates is sulforophane and of the indoles, indole-3-carbinol [I3C]. (Beliveau R 2006)
  • These vegetables are particularly important in hormone related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.
  • These vegetables modify the type of estrogen in the human body and this is explained in depth in the tutorials mentioned below.
  • In the beautifully illustrated and highly respected book titled 'Foods that Fight Cancer', two molecular scientists describe how commonly available foods have an amazing and powerful preventative effect on many diseases and cancers. This book indicates that Brussels Sprouts, Kale and Collard Greens have the highest glucosinolate levels of the principal cruciferous vegetable group. 

Other important glucosinolate rich cruciferous vegetables

      Watercress                  Broccoli                       Broccoli Sprouts

  • Broccoli sprouts are a rich source of Sulforophane --- see Enduracell

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