Is it the Alkaline Minerals? Or what?
My experience over the last seventeen years on the alkaline diet has been very revealing. These days when people ask me what they should eat for the alkaline diet, I make it very, very simple. It’s the ‘ONE WORD DIET’
And the word is.. greens!
And the protocol is equally simple. Eat lots of ‘em.
If people keep on asking questions, I know they want deeper information, and here’s one example of where alkaline foods may actually be helping our health for an entirely other reason than their alkali content.
There’s an active phyto-compound found All cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, mustard seed, kale, etc. all have an active phyto-compound worth learning more about.
Sulforaphane is cancer preventative. It promotes heart health, it induces better brain functioning in autistic children, it slows aging, and it acts as a powerful nootropic, halting inflammatory factors in the body linked to everything from depression to obesity.
It’s an absolute powerhouse, but you have to use it correctly.
A Precursor Nutrient
Sulforaphane is a precursor nutrient. When it enters the body, it begins as something else. It’s processed into an amazingly beneficial compound which can stop cancerous tumors from doubling, and help diabetics to balance their blood sugar levels. That’s not all. Look it up and you’ll find hundreds of other clinically-proven health benefits. It’s stored as a precursor, and becomes bio-active when chopped or chewed. The plant fibre have to break down for sulforaphane to be released.
We are benefiting from the plant’s natural immune response, which it employs to protect itself from being chewed on by insects. The broken plant fibres enter our bodies as sulforaphane.
There are hundreds of health benefits for this plant compound. Studies so far have found..
– 7-30 mgs a day of sulforaphane given daily to young adults with autism – improved their autistic scores by more than 30 percent, which are essentially just a measure of brain functioning . The same phenomenon happened in studies with people with schizophrenia. (studies doen at John’s Hopkins)
– Alleviates depression better than Prozac
– Profound effect on inflammation. Switches on NRF-2 that controls over 200 different genes. No other naturally occurring plant compound is as potent and can switch on this pathway to affect our health so profoundly. Inflammation also plays a causal role in depression and so many other diseases, but sulforaphane simply blows inflammation out of the water.
– Cancer preventative. Slows the doubling rate of prostate cancer by 86%.
– For smokers, sulforaphane causes them to excrete up to 60% of the carcinogen benzene, but it can also do the same for people who don’t smoke but are exposed to benzene and other carcinogens in the air, water, soil, etc.
– Helps diabetics return to normal blood sugar level
– Has a profound ability to slow the aging process
– Reduces chronic health risks
The precursors to sulforaphane are available in any cruciferous vegetable:
– Brussels Sprouts
– Bok Choy
– Collard Greens
– Mustard (leaves and seed)
– Turnips (roots and greens)
The list is almost exactly the same as our alkaline foods list favorites. This is what prompted me to write this article. We call it an alkaline diet, but there’s a lot more going on ‘under the hood’ which has little to do with alkaline balance.
The numero uno source of sulforaphane, is in broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts contains hundreds of times more sulforaphane than mature broccoli. They are better than blueberries, mature cruciferous vegetables and most other super foods.
If you don’t fancy them raw, freeze the sprouts, and blend them in a smoothie. Freezing of the plant leaves breaks them down, making more sulforaphane. Blending ‘finishes them off’., as does the blending. This way you can double the sulforaphone availability from the same amount of sprouts. People who routinely blend broccoli sprouts into their smoothies have discovered they get an extra boost of energy and alertness, much like the ‘hit’ you may experience with a ‘cup of Joe’.
Eating your cruciferous vegetables raw may not be your preferable method of eating, but, when we cook it, we lose another link in the chain of sulforaphone body availability. It’s another plant compound called myrosinase, which allows sulforaphane to be created in the body is destroyed by heat. If you’re thinking about saute-ing your kale or steaming your broccoli, you can add myrosinase back into the mix by simply sprinkling them with fresh mustard seed powder. This is more heat-stable and full of myrosinase. Then your body can make the sulforapahane that is so beneficial.
Growing your own makes $en$e. WE can get them from our friendly stall at the local Farmer’s market, but they are the more expensive of their sprout offerings. And hey, straight from the growing tray to your mouth- you just can’t beat it! And in $$ terms, it’s amazing. Just search on Organic Broccoli seeds.