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Could Broccoli Compounds Be Used As Alternative Medicine For Cancer?

June 14, 2011 by  

Could broccoli compounds be used as alternative medicine for cancer?Past research and conventional wisdom dictate that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are part of a nutritious diet because they contain an abundance of healthful properties — from antioxidants to fiber.

Researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University are now reporting that a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and its brethren may also be effective at killing cancer cells.

“It is well-documented that sulforaphane can target cancer cells through multiple chemopreventive mechanisms,” said study authors. “Here, we show for the first time that sulforaphane selectively targets benign hyperplasia cells and cancerous prostate cells while leaving the normal prostate cells unaffected.”

Sulforaphane works by inhibiting the histone deacetylase enzymes, an approach that has been gaining popularity in cancer treatment, both from a pharmaceutical and dietary standpoint.

However, authors noted that just because a compound is found in food does not automatically make it safe to use as a treatment. As a result, further research is needed to test the safety of sulforaphane therapy.

Results of this study were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

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  • granny mae

    Eat more broccoli ! just make sure you cook it if you have a thyroid problem ! Broccoli and all it’s realatives. Cholrabbi, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc.

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      granny mae,
      Breast Cancer:
      Also drink plenty of coffee.
      ScienceDaily (May 11, 2011) — Recently published research shows that coffee drinkers enjoy not only the taste of their coffee but also a reduced risk of cancer with their cuppa. More detailed research published May 10 in BioMed Central’s open access journal Breast Cancer Research shows that drinking coffee specifically reduces the risk of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer.

      Researchers from Sweden compared lifestyle factors and coffee consumption between women with breast cancer and age-matched women without. They found that coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of breast cancer than women who rarely drank coffee. However they also found that several lifestyle factors affected breast cancer rates, such as age at menopause, exercise, weight, education, and a family history of breast cancer. Once they had adjusted their data to account for these other factors they found that the protective effect of coffee on breast cancer was only measurable for ER-negative breast cancer.

      The group from Karolinska Institutet explained that, “There is often conflicting information about the beneficial effects of coffee — when we compared our results to that of a German study we discovered that their data showed the same trend, but the relationship was much weaker. We suggest that this may have something to do with the way the coffee was prepared, or the type of bean preferred. It is unlikely that the protective effect is due to phytoestrogens present in coffee since there was no reduction in the incidence of ER-positive cancer in this study.”

      So while it is evident that coffee may have beneficial effects in protecting women from ER negative breast cancer the exact mechanism and compounds involved are not yet clear and not all types of coffee are the same.

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