Indoles are powerful phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables that help to protect against hormone-dependent cancers including breast cancer and colon cancer.

Indoles turn off specific estrogen hormones that may encourage tumor growth.

Indoles - Found in:

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Horseradish, Kale, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Rutabagas, Turnips, Watercress,
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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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