Volume 2 Issue 5

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 22 of 41

Abby's Magazine - September / October 2014 | Page 23 Abby's is working to form a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to grow Organic Vegetables and Fruits and Provide Education to young children and teens about the importance of growing their own Organic Food. COMING SOON! B roccoli may be the most popular, crunchy crucifer on the chopping block, but all the members of the Cruciferae family have something to boast about. This group of plants, which gets its name from the tiny cross-shaped flowers visible in a recently sprouted seed, is a powerhouse of protein, fiber, and vitamins in a tasty and versatile low-calorie package. Crucifers to the Rescue Cruciferous vegetables, including kale, chard, collards and mustard greens, contain compounds that boost the production of enzymes that protect cells from cancer-causing agents. Cabbage, for example, contains mighty cancer- fighting compounds called indoles, also found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, watercress and daikon radish (Cancer Research 2001 Aug 15; 61(16):6120- 6130). Cancer Fighters Despite the fact that many children, and some adults, instinctively avoid some crucifers, the members of this helpful clan are excellent sources of isothiocyanates, indoles, thiocyanates and nitriles, naturally occurring chemicals that may protect against cancer, says Walter C. Willett, MD, chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard Medical School of Public Health, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy (Simon & Schuster Source). Cruciferous Vegetables and Cancer

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Abby's - Volume 2 Issue 5