Adapted from Eco Parent Magazine
This vegan-friendly pate packs some of our favorite epigenetic superstars into a tasty recipe that can be spread on a slice of our Life-Changing Loaf of Bread, enjoyed with your favorite crackers, or served with some sliced veggies.
Here’s some of the science behind how this recipe really delivers:
Shiitake mushrooms are rich in methyl-donor nutrients including the B vitamins riboflavin, pyridoxine, and folate, and the minerals potassium, zinc. They are a DNA methylation adaptogen, which helps to optimize favorable gene expression, and have been shown to reduce excess levels of homocysteine. (Read here about why you want to keep your homocysteine levels in check.)
More methylation adaptogens are found in the fragrant and earthy spices cumin and fenugreek thanks to their polyphenol content, including kaempferol and quercetin. Kaempferol has been shown to decrease skin, liver, and colon cancers and has cardioprotective and neuroprotective benefits. The powerful antioxidant quercetin offers similar anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective benefits and can help alleviate allergy symptoms due to its antihistamine properties. In addition, garlic is rich in the methyl donor sulfur, which supports the methylation process and is an antioxidant that is protective against some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Lastly, lemon contains the methylation adaptogens naringenin and hesperidin, which reduces oxidative stress and has antiviral and antimicrobial benefits.
This recipe also features broccoli sprouts, which are rich in sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in many cruciferous vegetables. Sulforaphane has been shown to be protective against some cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoarthritis.
Talk about a pharmacy on a plate! Hope you enjoy…