Why is turmeric so essential for preventing cancer, AND for supporting cancer treatment? Here’s a huge reason: epigenetics.
Food is information to your genes, both supporting and regulating healthy gene expression.
This may sound a little over-the-top for a recipe introduction but this powerful recipe, from my nutritionist Romilly Hodges, does just that.
Perhaps most importantly—not only is it extremely easy to whip together, it also tastes AMAZING!
The science: With the right ingredients, food provides the materials needed for epigenetic modulation through methylation and acetylation. Daikon radish is a good source of nutrients such as folate, choline, vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, many of which directly support methylation cycles and DNA programming. Turmeric has methylation adaptogenic properties, helping to balance DNA methylation and avoiding excessive methylation. Pickling both together creates a potent probiotic (and prebiotic!) that will support a healthy microbiome—a top-notch microbiome provides additional folate for us to use and also favorably regulates gene expression.
Food pairing benefits: Daikon radish skin contains an enzyme called myrosinase, which increases the benefits or another anti-cancer and methylation adaptogen food group – cruciferous veggies. If you pair a little of this unpeeled radish with some broccoli, Brussels sprouts or bok choi, you’ll increase the conversion of glucoraphanin to sulforaphane, making it much more bioavailable and potent. Daikon radish is also a crucifer itself, so its benefits are compounded. Cool, huh?
Even if you don’t care much for the science, know that it is there, and that this recipe definitely helps you to eat for your genes. Plus the briny, tangy but mellow taste is a delicious compliment to your meals.
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