Fight Cancer with Broccoli and Spice

Raw broccoli contains a substance called myrosinase which converts to sulforaphane, a cancer fighter, when eaten. But how many of us wants to eat raw broccoli, ehh? Steaming broccoli for more than 4 minutes greatly depreciates the amount of myrosinase, so how can we get more out of what we’re eating? Adding other vegetables that also contain myrosinase such as radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, or brussel sprouts will increase the myrosinase content. But try adding spicy foods such as wasabi, mustard, or horseradish. It actually creates some type of cosmic synergy that makes more sulforaphane than either does on their own. Now if this worked with Sriracha too, it might be the cure for cancer that we’re looking for.


By Lucia Phan

Lucia Phan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Food & City Culture and Environmental Economics. She is the founder of Banana Slug Edibles, where she bakes specialty cakes and cupcakes for patients in Orange County & Los Angeles. In her free time she likes to collect recipes and will forever be searching for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe known to man.

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