Broccoli and Tomatoes together are a Super-food Powerhouse

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broccoli and tomatoes2There are a multitude of foods that have been identified as super foods. Super foods sport special chemicals that ward off aging and longevity because they support and promote fast cellular repair.

Everyone needs to include super foods in their diet because of the nutritional boost they provide but there are certain super foods that have been identified as top super foods for men because of the specific male benefits they can provide.br

Broccoli is found on every list online that teaches super foods for men. Belonging to the cruciferous vegetable family broccoli has long been known for its indoles, plant chemicals that offer anti-cancer benefits. More recent studies show that sulforapane another compound found in broccoli also provides serious cancer-fighting properties.

Found in abundance in broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, sulforapane is a powerful anti-oxidant with the power to search out and destroy cancer cells (especially prostate) while leaving normal cells alone. However, broccoli must not be overcooked or it kills those cancer fighting compounds. Because the healthy compounds in broccoli only emerge once it is cut up and chopped into florets or quartered or halved, is should be left alone to sit for at least 5 minutes before plunging into water or beginning the cooking process.

Because of their high anti-oxidant lycopene content, tomatoes are another super food that has been shown to be an effective deterrent against the risk of bladder, lung, skin, prostate, and stomach cancer. They are delicious straight from the garden and supply vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene along with an array of important minerals.

Studies have been done with tomatoes that prove they are potent players in the prevention of prostate cancer so they are a must in any men’s diet. Red tomatoes are the favored variety because of their high lycopene content and this is one case where even processed tomatoes offer as many benefits as fresh ones because lycopene is more easily absorbed that way. Another interesting note is that organic ketchup has been shown to provide three times as much lycopene as the generic non-organic varieties. Something to consider.

Harvard University conducted a study that concluded that men who ate more than 10 tomato based products weekly showed a 34% decreased risk of prostate cancer. That’s significant don’t you think?

Furthermore, studies have gone on to prove that uniting the power of two of these super foods provides cancer prevention benefits that eating them alone does not.

Broccoli and tomatoes are both great super foods and a perfect example of “joining forces.” Team the two together, the lycopene of tomatoes with the potent compound sulforapane found in broccoli and you’ve created a power house of anti-cancer compounds.

John Erdman, a food science and human nutrition professor from the University of Illinois says:

“When tomatoes and broccoli are eaten together, we see an additive effect. We think it’s because different bioactive compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways.”

Studies using rats showed that prostate tumors in rats fed both broccoli and tomato powders together grew at a much slower rate than those who were fed the powders alone (one separate from the other) or the rats that were given the lycopene supplement.

Prostate cancer affects men of all ages and therefore, it’s vital that all men become more diligent and proactive to what’s included in their diets. Diets are serious tools that can be used to promote health and prevent disease or. .…if used improperly can open the door to disease.

Are you approaching middle age but you feel as though “old man time” has come to roost in your bones? If so, it’s time to take an authentic look at your lifestyle and what might be siphoning away your manhood way too early.

If your masculinity seems to be slipping away then “Strong Men Stay Young” can help. No man likes to grow old…certainly not before his time but no one can take the first step but you. Don’t waste another day wondering.

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