This is the mentioned spread, the antioxidant bomb, which I developed using Suzanne Jacob‘s “Superfood-Pesto” recipe as inspiration.
Ingredients (for 6-8 bread slices):
2 large tablespoons flax seeds
2 large tablespoons broccoli seeds
1 teaspoon apple seeds
1 heaped tablespoon turmeric
125 ml tomato paste or juice
125 ml pomegranate juice
Pepper to taste
Wholewheat (or other) bread
Cress, sprouts or herbs
Grind the flax, broccoli and apple seeds in a blender, add to a jar along with the freshly ground pepper and turmeric. Mix this dry mixure well. Then stir in tomato juice/paste and pomegranate juice. Let it sit for at least half an hour so that the flax seeds can absorb liquids and thus lose their floury texture.
This spread will last a couple of days in the fridge without any problem.
Spread on any bread (wholewheat, also try crisp bread), and generously sprinkle with herbs. Excellent additions include cress, basil, and chopped sesame leaves (Perilla).
Nutritional information and important notices for cancer patients:
This spread is characterized by its light, fresh, and pungent flavor. It is also an antioxidant powerhouse. Broccoli seeds contain a lot of sulforaphane precursors, much more than fresh broccoli. Flax seeds have also been shown to fight cancer, which is attributed to their lignan content. The cancer (and dementia) fighting properties of turmeric are well known. However, this mainly affects the intestine, as its concentration in the body is often too low. But the reason is not that it cannot be absorbed by the body, it is simply broken down too quickly. Pepper allows to reach manyfold higher concentrations of turmeric in the serum, since it inhibits its degradation. Additionally, we have the lycopine from tomatoes, cooked for better absorption, the polyphenols from pomegranate, and more antioxidants from the plentiful herbs garnish.
According to the latest information from Dr. Jacob, letting the spread sit does not spoil its nutritional value. Quite the opposite, the spread actually accumulates sulforaphane while resting in the fridge!
About apple seeds: caution is warranted. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a substance that is to have a strong cancer fighting effect. Amygdalin itself is harmless and is excreted almost entirely as it is by the kidneys. However, it can also produce cyanide. This occurs in the tumor cells themselves, which form more cyanide from amygdalin than normal cells, and cannot break it down as well. This is intended to selectively kill tumor cells. But cyanide could also be formed by the bacteria in the colon in alarming amounts. However, if the apple seeds are well ground, all amygdalin should be absorbed in the upper digestive tract.
Another note: The high turmeric content may lead to softer stools, but only during the first few days. And be mindful of turmeric’s strong color – it is best to use glass with the spread to avoid staining.
I eat this spread daily with excellent wellbeing!
Suzanna Jacob: “Simply Eat” – free download: Rezeptbuch SimplyEat
Photo: R. Aspalter