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Plant Extract Found to be Effective Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New research shows that an extract made from a food plant in the Brassica family is effective in alleviating signs of ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel condition, in mice.

The study will move on to examine the potential use of the plant extract against colon cancer.

Newswise reports:

“A plant-derived compound called Phenethylisothiocyanate, or PEITC ... showed potential anti-inflammatory activities ... PEITC is found in the Brassica genus of plants, which includes cabbage, cauliflower, watercress and broccoli. Barbarea verna, also known as upland cress or early wintercress, a herb that is used in salads, soups, and garnishes, is one of the richest sources of dietary PEITC”.

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