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Growing Brussels Sprouts in Your Home

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  • Isothiocyanates, found in cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, have potent anticancer activity. Men who ate 1.5 cups of Brussels sprouts daily for five weeks had a 28 percent decrease in DNA damage, thereby lowering their cancer risk
  • Brussels sprouts are among the hardiest of the cabbage family, and overnight frost will bring out their sweetness. Plan to plant them 80 to 100 days before your first frost date
  • The key to successful preparation of Brussels sprouts is to avoid overcooking, as this will affect flavor and diminish valuable nutrients. Tips for cooking, optimizing nutrition and proper preservation are given

Several studies have confirmed that plant compounds called isothiocyanates, found in cruciferous vegetables, have potent anticancer activity. One particular isothiocyanate compound called sulforaphane has been shown to inhibit growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.

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