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Dear Pharmacist

Suzy Cohen

7 Lifesaving Reasons You Should Eat Cauliflower

I was eating dinner with my husband, Sam, and having homemade chicken soup with a slice of sourdough bread and melted butter. It was simple and delicious. We ate silently.  Toward the end of the meal, he says to me, “We always eat our soup and bread silently because we are mentally calculating how to time the last bite so it’s perfect.”  Ha! So true. We usually chatter during meals, and tell funny stories, but when soup and bread hit the table, it all goes to silence. I like to time my last bite so it’s soup (to wash down the bread).  Regardless, about this homemade chicken soup … that’s what I really want to talk about. Tonight we made it differently, with peas instead of celery (because you need something green) and with red onions instead of white ones. We used shredded cauliflower instead of rice — that was the biggest and most pleasant surprise because I didn’t think it would actually work.  You can buy shredded cauliflower now in bags in the produce department of your grocery store. Someone should have bagged this stuff decades ago! Anyway, the cauliflower holds up remarkably well, even days later. It acts just like rice except with cauliflower, you get the most incredible health benefits. It’s a crucifer, like its green cousins broccoli and Brussels sprouts, so it has the same cancer-fighting properties. I want you to start cooking with cauliflower. Here’s why. Cauliflower contains sulforaphanes; that’s the compound that gives it a funky sulfur smell. This compound has been isolated and studied. It clearly demonstrates cancer-fighting promise, especially for breast, prostate, and other reproductive cancers. This has been shown repeatedly, in both animal models and test-tube studies. Cauliflower contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals. There are many antioxidants present in cauliflower, but among the more recognizable, we find quercetin, vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and kaempferol. That last one is incredible — it’s rarely talked about, but kaempferol has evidence behind it to show that it can block the production of VEGF (a signaling protein Self Storage that promotes the growth of new blood Taking Donations for vessels) in your body and “suppress Habitat for Humanity. ovarian cancer-cell metastasis in vitro,” Please contact either according to one research study.  store for items needed. Another article suggests kaempferol Drop off at either location. could interact with estrogen receptors on Home of the ½ off 1st 2 Months the cell and slow the growth of cancer! 2786 South Queen St, Dallastown, PA 17313 Cauliflower protects your bones (717) 741-2202 because it is a rich, natural source of 1331 North Sherman St, York, PA 17406 (717) 840-9369 vitamins K and C, as well as minerals like potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Best of York 2 Years in a Row!! Cauliflower gives you a low-carb www.ustorityork.com

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alternative to digestible fiber, so it will help you achieve regular bowel movements while eliminating toxins stuck in the deep crevices of your gut. In fact, sulforaphanes and glucosinolates found in cauliflower fight Helicobacter pylori, and that fact alone should reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cauliflower contains I3C (indole-3carbinol), which helps metabolize estrogen into anti-cancer byproducts, and that’s good for both men and women. I3C has been studied for its role in cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis. If you’d like to get some of my recipes using cauliflower, sign up for my newsletter and I’ll email them to you. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com

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50plus LIFE York County January 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE York County January 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...