Everyone is waiting for stem cells to advance to the point where we can take an injection and suddenly have the midsection of a young Frank Zane. Until that happens, the alternative is fresh Brassica vegetables, like Chinese cabbage, sprouts, cress, broccoli, and cauliflower. These vegetables contain glucosinolates, which, when lightly cooked, convert into a substance called sulforaphane. Molecular biologists at the Second University of Naples, found that small amounts of sulforaphane— about what you get from a serving or two of cabbage stimulate the development and protection of stem cells, potentially improving recovery and growth in hard-training athletes. Brassica vegetables are also low in calories, high in fiber, and help balance testosterone and estrogen levels.
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