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Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, broccoli sprouts, kale, chard, pak choi, sprouts, cauliflower and watercress have the highest concentration of glucoraphanin, the precursor to sulforaphane. Glucoraphanin is converted to sulforaphane's active form by the enzyme myrosinase. This activation is triggered by chopping or chewing. Stu also took sulforaphane supplements as part of his supplement protocol. NB his protocol was reviewed by his doctors, this is not medical advice.
The healthiest juices are majority vegetable based with one fruit to sweeten up the mixture if needed. All vegetables, fruit and salad was washed with Vegi wash which is a natural way to remove soil, chemicals, waxes and micro-organisms. You can buy it from here or find it on Amazon.
We experimented with different recipes like the ones below:
Apple, Carrot & Beetroot
1 organic carrot (washed, unpeeled, topped & tailed) 1 red apple, 1 beetroot (washed and peeled). This juice is packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium Vitamin A and C.
Stu's mega mix
Spinach, celery, cucumber, apples, frozen pineapple, turmeric and ginger.
I started off juicing the 3 cucumbers, 3 celery heads and 3 apples. Then use some of the liquid to blend with 1 bag of spinach/broccoli/kale in the nutribullet. Mix altogether and pour into pop out ice trays (NB its quite a thick consistency). Then each day use two of the cubes in the nutribullet along with a couple of pieces of frozen pineapple, a shot of ginger, a shot of turmeric and some filtered water.
Two common types of juicers are:
-Centrifugal. These juicers grind fruits and vegetables into pulp through a high-speed spinning action with a cutting blade. The spinning also separates the juice from the solids.
-Cold-press. Also called masticating juicers, these crush and press fruits and vegetables much more slowly to obtain as much juice as possible. This is the juicer we have.
Articles to read:
Healthline - Sulforaphane: Benefits, Side Effects, and Food Sources
Benefits of Celery in Fighting the Risk of Cancer
Sulforaphane suppresses the growth of glioblastoma cells
How can juicing help create a healthy brain
Oncology Nutrition - juicing and cancer
You can read more about food and diet here.
Is juicing important?
It was to us, mostly because Stu didn't enjoy eating vegetables, especially cruciferous ones so I juiced them so he would still benefit. We used fresh juice as a handy supplement to Stu's daily diet, increasing nutrient intake from fruits and vegetables that he didn't enjoy consuming.
Many people don’t obtain enough nutrients from their diet alone. If you struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables each day, juicing is a convenient way to get a wide range of important nutrients. What you choose to juice matters, and fruit contains more sugar than vegetables. To keep the sugar content of our juices low, we juiced vegetables and then added a small piece of fruit to make it more palatable.
I'm not sure there is much hindsight to share here other than could I have made the juicing more fun for Stu? He didn't love vegetables but he was 39, not a child and I was his wife, not his parent so I tried my best to get him to eat and drink the things that were recommended. We started juicing very early on after getting our juicer as a wedding present. Perhaps taking shortcuts like freezing cubes of the concentrated juice could be seen as lazy but have you ever had to have all the ingredients fresh in your fridge, juice and blend daily and try to keep on top of everything while caring for someone 24/7? It’s a recipe for constant mouldy salad drawers! I think its good to bear in mind that doing something small is often better than not doing it at all.