The Cancer-Fighting Power of Broccoli Sprouts

A cluster of studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research yesterday in Baltimore offer more proof -- if anyone could need more -- that diet does matter when it comes to enjoying a long and healthy life, and eating the right vegetables is one of the most effective means available to you to fight cancer.

In particular, two studies focus on the protective powers of broccoli, a vegetable that could also be used as a natural pain reliever.

Japanese researchers found broccoli sprouts were an effective treatment for H. pylori that causes gastritis and remains a major contributor to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. What makes broccoli sprouts the difference-maker is sulforaphane, a chemical that boosts the ability of cells to defend themselves against oxidants that can damage DNA and lead to cancer.

In the other broccoli-related study, a broccoli sprout extract rich in sulforaphane and administered to the backs of hairless mice was found to reduce the incidence and number of cancerous skin tumors.

Just a reminder, there are many more things (besides eating an optimal diet based on your body's unique nutritional type) you can do to virtually eliminate your risk of cancer.

The Independent November 2, 2005

Science Daily October 31, 2005

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