This week there were two articles in medicalnews.com reviewing separate studies that show the benefits of broccoli. One of the articles that you can find by clicking here reports about a study that found that a compound in broccoli and kale helps suppress tumor growth. A second article that can be found here says that broccoli sprout extract may help treat schizophrenia. The interesting thing to me is that the articles do not state that actually eating broccoli has benefits. Often science will look for compounds in foods to isolate and study that might do something beneficial. But actually eating broccoli is much more holistic in my eyes than isolating a compound, increasing its strength and than taking it as a supplement. It seems to me that just eating things that we have evolved to eat, like broccoli with all the things it contains including fiber and vitamins and minerals, must be better for you than making a pill out of it. I could be wrong and in some instances this might not be the case. But keep eating your vegetables just in case.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond