A new study confirms that sulforaphane, the phytochemical found in broccoli and other crucifers, can not only prevent cancer but can also fight cancer that is already present in the body.
Sulforaphane attacks cancerous cells
The research, supported by the National Cancer Institute, was conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Scientists found that sulforaphane selectively targets benign hyperplasia (pre-cancerous) cells and cancerous prostate cells while leaving normal cells unaffected. More research is underway to see how sulforaphane can be used to treat prostate and breast cancers.
Eat more broccoli
Experts recommend comprising your diet of broccoli and other crucifers to protect yourself against cancer. “These study results suggest that everyone should make sulforaphane-rich foods, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables like radishes, kale, bok choy, collard greens, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and arugula a regular part of their diet for better health,” said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., president and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) the nonprofit entity in partnership with CDC behind the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters national public health initiative. “These vegetables are delicious, simple to prepare, and very affordable!”