Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cruciferous Veggies

This is a picture of some radishes I just devoured.  Our CSA is just about to begin and as usual we have the option to order some of the veggies that are coming on prior to the start of the season.  
Radishes are a cruciferous vegetable and produce ITC's (Isothiocynates) ITC's occur when the cell walls are broken by chewing, blending or juicing.  Make sure you crush those cell walls prior to cooking or the chemical reaction does not occur that produces ITC's.  Try to eat some raw cruciferous veggies everyday.

Why do you need ITC's?

Isothiocyanates combat carcinogens by neutralizing them and compartmentalizing them.   ITC's fight for us...they have anti inflammatory effects, antioxidant effects, they detoxify carcinogens, and prevent carcinogen DNA binding and promote the repair of damaged DNA, promote apoptosis (cancer cell death), promote the excretion of estrogens, they have antiviral & antibacterial properties and they inhibit H. Pylori growth.
here are a few of your choices.....arugula, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli rabe, broccolini, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mache, mustard greens, radish, red cabbage, rutabaga, turnips, turnip greens, watercress.
I found this photo on my memory card compliments of my daughter.  This picture was taken in my front yard.
Have you ever seen a Pilated Woodpecker?  They are quite breathtaking...and very large.

God Bless your day.......

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