Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered eating broccoli and tomatoes together may help slow prostate cancer growth. Now, this hasn't been tested on humans, but studies in the lab are encouraging.

So how does it work? Well, researchers aren't really sure, but they believe it has something to do with the unique interaction of glucosinolate in broccoli with lycopene in tomatoes, as well as the hundreds of other nutrients present in both. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli contain nutrients called glucosinolates. They support your body's normal detoxification processes, which men need to maintain healthy levels of both male and female hormones. And prostate cancer is essentially the result of a hormonal imbalance.

Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural antioxidant coloring found in fruits and vegetables like tomatoes. In the body, lycopene is normally concentrated in the prostate and testes, and its consumption is associated with a lower prostate cancer risk. So bottom line, the lower your blood levels of lycopene, the higher your risk for prostate cancer.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the combination of phytonutrients in tomatoes and broccoli may have a significant impact on prostate cancer growth.

To get the benefits of the tomato-broccoli one-two punch, here's what you need to eat every day:

1.4 cups of raw broccoli

2.5 cups of fresh tomato (or substitute one cup of tomato sauce or 1/2 cup of tomato paste)

Enjoy the health benefits of tomatoes and broccoli together, today!

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