Glucosinolates are the sulfur containing glucosides that are found in brassica vegetables. These types of vegetables are also called cruciferous. As a dietary source, glucosinolates, come into contact with myrosinase by chewing and absorption of the vegetables during the food process cycle in the body known as ingestion. The myrosinase in broken down in the small intestine and colon. Myrosinase also releases a compound called isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates are extremely potent in metabolism and have a detoxification effect on carcinogens and inhibit mitosis and apoptosis, it also reduces the spread of cancer tumor cells. Isothiocyanates are absorbed from the colon and small bowel. Mutagenesis is a process in which genetic (DNA) information is altered due to a mutation in genes. Isothiocyanates can prevent DNA damage due to gene mutation. Probiotics are the bacteria in your digestive tract to help your body's immune system and it's ability to absorb nutrients, it is considered "good bacteria." Many people are affected by an imbalance of good and bad or harmful bacteria and this is known as dysbacteriosis- or when the imbalance of bacteria affects the body in a negative way. Fermented foods are a great source of good bacteria and glucosinolates. Fermented foods that are high in lactic acid, that produce "lactobacillus" or "bacillus" probiotics are foods such as: sauerkraut, fermented cabbage, relish, cultured milk, sourdough breads, chocolate, salami, kefir, fish , soy sauce and kimchi. It may sound sour, but what a great way to beat disease and look at sports at the same time. Use that sauerkraut or cabbage in making foods to prevent cancer cell mutation and promote a diet with anti-cancer benefits and get that vitamin c, all in one meal and of course rather inexpensively! Being ill can cost you, but a diet consisting of fermented foods costs a lot less...
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