Body & Fitness

Health food: tuna with broccoli

Serve broccoli with tuna to boost cancer protection.

Combining selenium (found in tinned and fresh tuna) and the plant chemical sulforaphane (in broccoli) could protect your cells better than these compounds separately against becoming malignant. A study published in the journal Food Chemistry in January found that selenium and sulforaphane work together to boost expression of a gene that protects cells against the type of free-radical cell damage thought to lead to cancer.

Other good selenium sources are Brazil nuts, poultry, seafood and mushrooms, which could be teamed with any of the sulforaphane-rich brassica vegetables (cabbage, watercress, brussels sprouts, broccoli) for optimal effectiveness.

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