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Broccoli_-_spice_it_upAccording to a recent study, pairing fresh broccoli with spicy foods that contain the enzyme myrosinase enhances the cancer fighting ability of both foods.  The combination also ensures absorption in the upper part of the digestive system, where it supplies the most health benefits.

The University of Illinois researchers recommend adding mustard, horseradish, or wasabi to your broccoli. These condiments contain the enzyme myrosinase, which is necessary for the formation of sulforaphane, broccoli’s anticancer component. Other “broccoli boosters” include radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, and Brussels sprouts.

Study: “Enhancing Sulforaphane Absorption and Excretion in Healthy Men through the Combined Consumption of Fresh Broccoli Sprouts…” by J.M. Cramer et al, Brit J Nutr 2011 

 “More Evidence that Spicing up Broccoli Boosts its Cancer-Fighting Power,” University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, 9/13/11