Do you savor the heat of horseradish? If so, you may be giving your body an extra layer of armor to fend off cancer.

Just a Little Horseradish Fights Cancer

New research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that horseradish contains 10 times more cancer-fighting nutrients (called glucosinolates) than broccoli. And it doesn’t take much to get the benefits. In fact, as little as 1 gram (or less than a teaspoon) can provide a significant benefit, according to researchers.

Maximizing Horseradish’s Cancer-Fighting Power

Unlike most foods, which are best enjoyed fresh, horseradish fights cancer best when processed. When prepared, the enzymes in horseradish combine with glucosinolates and break down into the compounds that are nutritionally beneficial.

So go ahead and add an extra dollop of horseradish to your homemade cocktail sauce and apply liberally to your roasted wild salmon. You’ll add wonderful (calorie-free!) flavor and boost your body’s defenses against cancer.

Need more ideas for getting this cancer-fighter in your diet. Try these recipes:

  • Horseradish Crusted Wild Salmon
  • Horseradish Smashers
  • Grass-Fed Beef Brisket with Horseradish