Doctor's Note

This video is the tenth in a series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. There were two on kale: Kale and the Immune System, and Smoking Versus Kale Juice. One on DNA protection: DNA Protection from Broccoli. Two on breast cancer: Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells, and Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast. Two on upper safety limits: Liver Toxicity Due to Broccoli Juice? and How Much Broccoli Is Too Much? One on detoxing: The Best Detox, and Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True, on maximizing the production and absorption of sulforaphane, one of the key phytonutrients. Also, be sure to check out my other videos on greens.

Note that the paper I talk about in this video is open access—meaning you can download it for free by clicking on the link in the Sources Cited section, above.

For more context, please also check out my associated blog posts: Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. BroccoliFighting Inflammation With Food SynergyEstrogenic Chemicals in Meat; and Foods That May Block Cancer Formation.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    This video is the tenth in a series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. There were two on kale, Kale and the Immune System and Smoking Versus Kale Juice. One on DNA protection (DNA Protection from Broccoli), two on breast cancer (Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells and Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast), two on upper safety limits (Liver Toxicity Due to Broccoli Juice and How Much Broccoli Is Too Much?), one on detoxing (The Best Detox), and yesterday’s video-of-the-day, Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True, on maximizing the production and absorption of sulforaphane, one of the key phytonutrients. There are past videos on greens and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that the paper I talk about in this video is open access, meaning you can download it for free by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.

  • Mike Quinoa

    Great video, etc. Yay broccoli! I’m showing this video to a friend of mine who smokes. If the picture of Barb Tarbox doesn’t scare him enough to quit, at least he’ll know he should adopt a plant-based diet.

  • valnaples

    Must say, I’ve been enjoying organic dino kale every day…raw, in lentil soup, toasted in oven…broccoli too is one of my favorites. But I think I need to pay more attention to the broccoli after watching Dr. Greger’s awesome videos!

  • Dontlietomoman

    We love your site. Thanks for all the info and your efforts. My question is; Are Sulforaphane supplements of any value?

  • zoza

    i hope be friend of you i study in since collage depart biochemistry and nutrition

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli!

  • Don’t mean to be the cynic about anti-cancer foods, but afaik none helped Steve Jobs or Lance Armstrong.

    • Steve jobs was a frutarian, consisering the pathway of fructose metabolism and its effect on the pancreas, it´s not a huge shocker that a frutarian could get this particular cancer.

  • Len

    When you liquify broccoli and other green leafy in a high speed blender do you lose some of the fiber ?

    • Toxins

       The fiber is indeed altered. Liquifying tends to destroy the fibers.

  • Just Curious

    Is all cooked animal protein carcinogenic? If so, this is news to me. I thought only grilled meats had that potential.

  • Joanna

    Thank you for building this website – it provides a wealth of information. My mother in lawhas a lung cancer that has not yet metastasized. She also has diabetes. What are 5 things you would recommend her to eat daily that you believe would help? Also, what are your thoughts on blending for better nutrient absorbtion?

  • Mary Lynn

    Hello Doctor. You mention alot of studies where the research takes place in a petri dish. How do we make the leap to transfer these research results to humans?

  • Diane Poupart

    Is it only broccoli…or other crucifer are also good..I have a lung cancer

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Diane. Forgive my delay. I think all cruciferous veggies will help lung cancer. I recommend watching the videos listed in the “Doctor’s Note” and even considering broccoli sprouts. Let me know how else I can help.

      Warm thoughts,

      Joseph

    • April Darmody

      I have lung cancer what is best to eat for this?

  • Liliana

    My husband died last week, lung cancer but he had metastases all over………liver, pancreas, kidneys, breast, and he only went to the Doctor well the Doctor only gave him two weeks to live, he died in one, if he knew all this stuff….

    • Thea

      Oh Liliana, I’m so, so sorry to hear about your husband.
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      Eating a healthy diet is not a guarantee of being disease free, but it dramatically lowers one’s risk of getting the major diseases of our time. I’m sorry the information did not get to your husband in time to help.

      • Liliana

        Thank you for answering …………I am vegetarian since when I was five years old, and I believe in all the veggies, fruit, beans can make you healthier ……….but my husband loved peperoni …….sausages……..meat lover………. that’s life……….thank you thou…….I am devastated for the lost, but believe it or not, everyday I have a green juice made in the juicer not in the blender and B12 and really it helps me a lot, I am very sad but not depressed I know is for the juice and B12…….

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  • drtesstrickland@gmail.com

    Hey Dr G,
    Would love to send this Video to a lung cancer patient, but the picture on the front (of a dying woman) feels counter productive to inspiring her. Any way to get it without that pic?
    Dr. S

  • Gary Franklin Dunn

    If “liquifying tends to destroy the fiber”, why does Dr. Greger seem to promote smoothies so much?? In addition, I think an argument against regular smoothies is that to be a vegetarian you need to learn to love & enjoy many, many vegetables in their nearly unprocessed state. Besides, in doing so you save money not buying all those specialty blenders.