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Posted on 11th January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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While a variety of nutrients act to enhance detoxification and as essential cofactors in detoxification, four have been found to directly enhance it: curcumin, chlorophyllin, wasabi, and broccoli extract.

Curcumin, a phytonutrient derived from the Indian spice turmeric, the main ingredient in curry, is one of the most effective anti-mutagens. A member of the ginger family, turmeric has a reputation for quelling inflammation and healing various maladies ranging from ulcers to upset stomach to arthritis and has been shown to have numerous cardiovascular benefits, in part because it reduces total cholesterol levels and inhibits LDL (low density lipoprotein) oxidation. Researchers have discovered that curcumin can also help protect against the multitude of mutagens in our environment that are often a direct link to cancer development. As I discuss elsewhere in this book, hot peppers also assist in fat burning.

Chlorophyllin, a sodium/copper derivative of chlorophyll, has the benefit of being water soluble, allowing it to be transported easily in the blood. It also has anti-carcinogenic properties. Several studies have demonstrated chlorophyllin’s effectiveness. In an experiment with bacteria, the nutrient was added to petri dishes containing substances that normally produce mutations, such as fried beef, fried pork, cigarette smoke, coal dust, and diesel emission particles.148 Chlorophyllin inhibited mutagenicity by a minimum of 75 percent and by as much as 100 percent.

Wasabi, the green, pungent horseradish usually served with sushi, is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, which includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, horseradish, and ten other plants. These vegetables contain high levels of glucosinolates, a group of compounds that are converted to isothiocyanates. Wasabi is one of the most potent sources of isothiocyanates among all plant species. A Japanese study found that allyl isothiocyanate has significant antioxidant actions, particularly against the superoxide radical. According to the authors, this phytochemical also has an inhibitory effect on the growth of food poisoning bacteria and fungi and showed anti-mutagenic activity against a common carcinogen found in broiled fish and meat. Wasabi supplementation is highly recommended.

Broccoli is another plentiful source of glucosinolates, which are converted enzymatically into isothiocyanates. In the body, the isothiocyanates boost production of several detoxification enzymes, enhance antioxidant status, and protect animals against chemically induced cancer. As a result, nutritionists recommend consuming broccoli and similar vegetables at least three times a week. Concentrated extracts of broccoli enable you to boost your intake of these beneficial compounds even more.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


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