Broccoli healthier than supplements

If you want to enjoy the health benefits of broccoli and other vegetables from the family finials you really have to eat the vegetables. From a supplement to these substances a lot worse included.

Researchers from Oregon State University wanted to determine whether the healthy nutrients from vegetables from the family finials also through a food could be obtained. The answer is obvious: no.

"Whether our body is able to absorb nutrients through food supplements remains complicated." Says researcher Emily Ho. "Some vitamins and nutrients such as folic acid, be improved by our body when we ingest through a supplement. Sufficient vitamin D is difficult to get in through the diet."

In the case of broccoli Ho states that the fruit itself, however, most healthy choice. The main reason is that the enzyme myrosinase is lacking in food. By missing this enzyme other healthy nutrients less well recognized: five to eight times or even less.

Cooking also has the same effect. "When broccoli is cooked until soft and mushy, it also loses its value vegetables for health." Said Ho. The steaming vegetables and two to three minutes cooking can be done, there remains enough of the enzyme retained.

The researchers studied the effect of broccoli because several previous studies have shown that broccoli contains the highest amount of glucosinolate. Glucosinolate seems to protect against various cancers. Also, cauliflower, kale and cabbage contain healthy nutrients.