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Eat Broccoli To Ward Off Cancer

February 29, 2012 by  

Eat Broccoli To Ward Off Cancer

Researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered yet another reason why broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are so good for you: They contain a compound called sulforaphane that provides not just one, but two ways to prevent cancer through the complex mechanism of epigenetics.

Epigenetics is the study of genetic code and the way that diet, toxins and other forces can change which genes get activated. This can play a powerful role in everything from cancer to heart disease and other health issues.

Sulforaphane was previously identified as one of the most critical compounds that provide much of the health benefits in cruciferous vegetables, and scientists also knew that a mechanism involved was histone deacetylases, or HDACs. This family of enzymes can interfere with the normal function of genes that suppress tumors.

“It appears that DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition, both of which can be influenced by sulforaphane, work in concert with each other to maintain proper cell function,” said Emily Ho, an associate professor in the Linus Pauling Institute and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “They sort of work as partners and talk to each other.”

The one-two punch, according to the doctor, is important to cell function and the control of cell division.

“Cancer is very complex and it’s usually not just one thing that has gone wrong,” Ho said. “It’s increasingly clear that sulforaphane is a real multi-tasker. The more we find out about it, the more benefits it appears to have.”

Sulforaphane is particularly abundant in broccoli, but also found in other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and kale. Both laboratory and clinical studies have shown that higher intake of cruciferous vegetables can aid in cancer prevention.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Steamed Broccoli smothered in cheese sauce, yummy. Yes I fart in elevators and now I can use the excuse its from my cancer prevention program.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • s c

      Fart away, Freedom Fighter! The trick is to blame it on someone else. Speaking as someone who’s being oppressed via a twisted combination of government overregulation and indifference, I don’t mind sharing the ‘wealth’ offered by broccoli.
      If I happen to be in an elevator, that’s OK. It would be nice to share it with elected types. They’d probably never know anyone had played a short sphincter melody unless you told them. In this day of sacrifice and shared wealth, it would be interesting – and HEALTHY – to share elevators with our elected cream.
      And the longer it takes for an elevator to go up or down would make it even better. I won’t make any cheeky remarks about ‘doing it’ while watching and listening while Congress is in session [Mr. Reid, some of those smelly voters would like to "redistribute the wealth" while they're in town].
      Do you think he’d appreciate the irony, Freedom Fighter? I’m sure he’s a good sport in an aromatic situation, eh?
      SHARE THE WEALTH!

    • absolutely amazed

      Broccoli is a left wing, liberal, Progressive fascist/communist plot – don’t eat it. McDonalds is the food of the Conservatives/Regressives. Belly up to the counter boys.

  • Bob Marshall

    Pure lemon juice also helps to ward off cancer.

  • HKaufman

    Remember the Late George Carlin, one of his stand up routines happened to be about broccoli, makes one wonder if George was ahead of his time….

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