Friday, July 27, 2007

Broccoli and cauliflower may prevent prostate cancer

Broccoli and cauliflower may slash prostate cancer risk 7/27/07 "Eating more than one serving of broccoli and cauliflower a week may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by up to 45 per cent...Epidemiological and animal studies have shown that diets high in cruciferous vegetables result in less instances of certain cancers, especially lung, colon, breast and ovarian cancer, while the new study suggests the veggies may also benefit prostates...broccoli and cauliflower singled out as offering most protection...The cancer-fighting properties of broccoli, a member of the crucifer family of vegetables, are not new and previous studies have related these benefits to the high levels of active plant chemicals called glucosinolates. These are metabolised by the body into isothiocynates, and evidence suggests these are powerful anti-carcinogens. The main isothiocynate from broccoli is sulforaphane."

"Source: Journal of the National Cancer InstitutePublished on-line ahead of print, doi:10.1093/jnci/djm065 "Prospective Study of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Risk of Prostate Cancer"Authors: V.A. Kirsh, U. Peters, S.T. Mayne, A.F. Subar, N. Chatterjee, C.C. Johnson, R.B. Hayes on behalf of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial"

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