Cruciferous Vegetables May Lower Smokers' Risk of Lung Cancer
The new year is approaching fast and if you haven't started on some of your resolutions than what are you waiting for?
I posted a photo on Instagram the other day after a moment in reflection where I realized that I had been waiting for the day when someone else would tell me that I've made it. That everything I have been working for was about to come to fruition.
The response in the comment section by my sister in law actually moved me even more.
She was right, I was asking the wrong question. It wasn't about how long, but instead how many times do we all want to start again? People often come to me for additional inspiration to stay motivated, but the truth is I have to find ways to stay motivated as well.
No doubt my WHY in life is strong as I fight for a better future for my children and help unmask the truth about the "food" that is literally killing us slowly. Not all food though is harmful, and in fact recent studies continue to confirm the link between #plantbased lifestyles and the reduction of chronic diseases.
Remember when your mother used to try to get you to finish that plate of broccoli? Whether it was smothered with cheese or cooked until it was yellow the intent of eating such a prolific vegetable was sincere. Since then you have grown up and most likely picked up a few vices along the way.
Smoking seems to frequent many people's resolutions list each year. So what if I told you that the broccoli your mother was trying to get you to eat could actually be the food that saves your life?
It's commonly known now that smoking will in fact increase your chances of developing lung cancer. In 2008 researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY reported that smokers and former smokers who ate lots of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables were less likely to develop lung cancer!
The study followed over 2,500 patients and the higher intake of cruciferous vegetables were linked to lower cancer risks. The research also revealed the cancer fighting properties of these vegetables called isothiocyanates. This compound is best absorbed by eating the most common vegetables of this group (broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower) raw as heat may damage the enzymes needed to activate the isothiocyanates.
This doesn't mean that you should continue to smoke while eating truck loads of broccoli. This merely suggests that when the body is fed the right nutrients it can heal itself. Even after years of smoking these vegetable's chlorophyll will start to scrub your lungs clean. So don't count out your mother's vegetable crusade, she was only trying to keep you around a little bit longer.
Remember the question isn't when, it's how many times do you want to keep starting before you'll realize that you could've already been healed?
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In good cooking,
Chef Joshua Ingraham