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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Garden Project Update: Bok Choy


Last Sunday, we enjoyed the first vegetable out of the garden this year--baby bok choy. Our plant weighed in a whole 5.3 ounces. It was the featured guest of a new recipe I tried from food network called Guy Fieri's Best Bok Choy Recipe. Delicious!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/best-bok-choy-recipe/index.html

A 2002 review in the journal Nutrition and Cancer suggests that there are three epidemiological studies with statistically significant findings suggesting that a diet high in Brassica vegetables (this includes bok choy) may reduce risk of prostate cancer. But how? It is theorized that the glucosinolates in these vegetables metabolically break down in the body, and it is the break down products which support enzymatic protection from DNA damage. Damaged DNA can be a precursor to cancer.  (Reference http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12235639)

I might also add that your best protection comes from consuming these vegetables raw. However, don't go overboard with your raw bok choy consumption. A case report in the New England Journal of Medicine reports an 88-year old woman who consumed 2-3 pounds of bok choy for several months and then was rushed in the ER with a coma. This large ingestion of bok choy induced profound hypothyroidism, which then induced the coma. (reference http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc0911005) In speaking with one of my well trusted colleagues over Sunday brunch, she shared that consuming brassica vegetables in normal amounts have not been found to cause problems with thyroid levels, but you certainly don't want to take it to excess.

If you are interested in reading more, I refer you to two articles written by Dr. Jacob Schor, a well established naturopathic oncologist...
http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/toomuchbokchoy.htm
http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/sulforaphaneandmyrosinase.htm


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