When most people talk about cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetables, you’ll usually hear them refer to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, or kale.
But these aren’t the only members of the Brassica family. Or even the most powerful ones, as it turns out.
In fact, you may be able to get the best benefits of cruciferous vegetables without eating your “veggies” at all.
Scientists have recently discovered that horseradish is a veritable goldmine of glucosinolates. (Your body converts these cruciferous phytochemicals into potent anticancer compounds like isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol.)
And according to new research from the University of Illinois, horseradish actually contains ten times more of the good stuff than broccoli. And its glucosinolates are easily absorbed, too. Turns out, your body can soak up as much as 90 percent of the anti-cancer compounds in any given serving.
And speaking of servings, believe it or not, it may only take a tablespoon of horseradish to get the detoxifying, disease-fighting benefits.
This study points to differing glucosinolate concentrations based on the USDA grade of the horseradish. (This is assigned according to the length and diameter of the root—“U.S. Fancy” grade packs the biggest punch.)
So next time you’re sitting down to a juicy steak, feel free to hold the broccoli… as long as you drop a hearty spoonful of spicy horseradish on your plate instead.