Soup nourishes the body, especially when it’s chock-full of metabolism-boosting, detoxifying nutrients like this creamy broccoli soup. Recently, I had a chance encounter with the best cream of broccoli soup I’d ever had.
It turns out that broccoli is one of the best vegetables for your health and a useful precaution for preventing cancer.
Broccoli contains a high concentration of sulforaphane, a compound often found in cruciferous vegetables that provides strong anti-cancer properties.
Sulforaphane is produced when the enzyme myrosinase reacts with glucoraphanin – a reaction which occurs when the two compounds mix, often caused by the chewing of the plant. Young sprouts of broccoli are very rich in glucoraphanin, and thus have a high potential for producing sulforaphane.
In basic terms, the mixture of nutrients in broccoli can produce cancer preventative properties in your body. Individuals at high risk of cancer, especially of prostate or colon cancer, should increase their dietary consumption of broccoli. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat it.
The recipe and method used for cooking broccoli will dramatically affect the health benefits that it yields. Before producing sulforaphane, there must be a reaction involving the enzyme myrosinase.
Yet, cooking methods like boiling or microwaving will destroy the myrosinase enzymes, inhibiting the reaction and reducing broccoli’s health value. The goal is to prepare broccoli in such a way that it retains all of its enzymes and nutrients.
Typically, when you make creamy broccoli soup, the myrosinase enzymes are lost during the simmering process. So this time, after lightly steaming broccoli for three to five minutes, set aside all of the leafy floret, and save it for the last step in the recipe – the leafy buds is where the myrosinase enzymes are held.
Curcumin Appears to Be Universally Useful For All Cancers
Among the most exciting benefits of turmeric is its potent anti-cancer activity. Curcumin actually has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient, including vitamin D!
This is odd, considering the fact that cancer consists of a wide variety of different molecular pathologies. One reason for this universal anti-cancer proclivity is curcumin’s ability to affect multiple molecular targets, via multiple pathways.
Once it gets into a cell, it affects more than 100 different molecular pathways. And, as explained by Dr. LaValley, whether the curcumin molecule causes an increase in activity of a particular molecular target, or decrease/inhibition of activity, studies repeatedly show that the end result is a potent anti-cancer activity.
Moreover, curcumin is non-toxic, and does not adversely affect healthy cells, suggesting it selectively targets cancer cells—all of which are clear benefits in cancer treatment. Research has even shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells.
Creamy Broccoli Soup Recipe:
Ingredients you need:
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil;
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped;
- 2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped;
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed;
- 4 cups organic broccoli, including stems, set aside florets after steaming;
- 2 ½ cups chicken broth;
- 1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk;
- 2 teaspoons organic turmeric;
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper;
- ¼ cup feta cheese (optional).
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Sauté celery and onion for four minutes, until softened.
- Add potatoes and broccoli stems, sauté for two more minutes.
- Add chicken broth and almond milk, bring to a boil.
- Add turmeric, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for approximately twenty minutes.
- When simmered and vegetables tenderized, pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Serve soup, and garnish each bowl with abundance of feta cheese and broccoli buds – enabling the reaction producing sulforaphane.