Broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens, cauliflower—your mother insisted they were good for you while you defiantly pushed them around your plate. Perhaps you didn’t believe they were all that good for you. If they’re so great, why don’t they taste better?
Turns out your mother was right. These cruciferous vegetables have a profound influence on the health of your body’s cells. In fact, a recent study by Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Center showed that a diet full of cruciferous vegetables protects and improves breast cellular health.
Cells Love Broccoli
We already knew quite a bit about how cabbage and cauliflower contribute to good health, and this study adds another layer of evidence. But what is it about cruciferous vegetables that make our cells so happy? In a word, it’s indoles.
Indoles are organic compounds that have a positive impact on cellular health. One in particular, diindolylmethane (DIM), has been shown to support the immune system and help keep hormones in balance, particularly estrogen. In the body, estrogen gets broken down into a variety of metabolites, some of which promote healthy cells. Unfortunately, others can cause problems. DIM has been shown to help the body produce beneficial estrogen metabolites with anti-oxidative effects. Of course, certain estrogen metabolites, which have been associated with obesity, chemical exposure and other causes, have been shown to derail cellular health. The beauty of DIM is that it has been proven to increase the good kind of hormone metabolites, and decrease the kind that can challenge health.
Breast, prostate and other areas of hormone-related cellular health depend on this delicate balance. DIM as well as broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables offer critical support in maintaining healthy levels of hormones, while providing additional benefits for cellular health and protection.
Broccoli for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?
The body is always working to maintain hormonal balance, but it needs help. Environmental factors, regular physical activity and good diet play key roles in helping the body keep hormones at ideal levels. Which brings us back to those healthy cruciferous vegetables. They’re so good for us, we want to love them.
If only broccoli tasted like chocolate, everyone would be eating it all day long! But unfortunately for many people, broccoli tastes like broccoli. In addition, we would have to eat very large quantities to gain the full benefits of DIM.
Powerful Natural Solutions
Fortunately, there are easy ways to get the benefits of DIM without having to steam up mounds of cruciferous vegetables—BreastDefend and ProstaCaid, two scientifically researched natural supplements for breast health and prostate health.* Because the DIM in these targeted formulas is purified, the body can absorb it easily.* As a result, you can gain the powerful benefits without having to overwhelm your taste buds.
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