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9 Disease-Preventing Plant Nutrients You Need to Know

8.  Sulfuraphane
The phytochemical sulfurophane lowers blood levels of cancer-stim­ulating estrogens in the blood in as few as five days, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Sulfurophane also halts the growth of cancer cells on contact. For those readers looking to lose weight, this powerful phytochemical can increase weight loss by as much as 22 percent, according to research at Nashville’s Vander­bilt Medical Center. It works by releasing trapped toxins that slow metabolism and increase fat storage within fat cells.

Sulfurophane is found in: broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, and other cruciferous vegetables, as in well as dark leafy greens.

9.  Terpenes
Found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, there are numerous terpenes that offer health benefits, including li­monoids. There are about 40 types of limonoids. Research shows that they have powerful anti-cancer activity and significantly improve the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins we’ve inhaled or ingested, including cancer-causing agents.

While there are thousands of phytonutrients with as many healing properties, they share a common role as nature’s miracle healers. Not only do they help prevent countless diseases and reverse many ill­nesses, they also strengthen immunity, boost energy, improve cellular functioning, slow the aging process, and help restore healthy and balanced weight.

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12:16AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Well rounded article.

3:49AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:28AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Good information. While it may be challenging to remember all the substances and their health goals, it is not difficult to make a list of these foods to take with me when shopping and include them heavily in our diet. Thank you.

5:29AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Amazing to find that all the foods you've loved while growing up are the ones that are best for you :)

7:19AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Good to know! Thank you! :D

2:49AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

useful info, thanks for sharing :)

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3:21AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

Thanks for this info.

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8:16PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

All the comments are wonderful! Especially washing in vinegar! I love Care2! Always informative!

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