Broccoli: Cancer Fighter Extraordinaire

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 lots of foods started making their way to my plate – foods proven to address my health issues – that included broccoli.  In Wellness Wisdom, I cover ways I cooked it, why organic matters, and even supplements that feature broccoli, which were all part of my healing journey with breast cancer.

If you are interested in the healing abilities of foods, the following study will interest you!

Sulforaphane, one of the primary phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables that helps them prevent cancer, has been shown for the first time to selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected.

“It is well documented that sulforaphane can target cancer cells through multiple chemopreventive mechanisms,” the researchers wrote in their study. “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.”

“These findings regarding the relative safety of sulforaphane to normal tissues have significant clinical relevance as the use of sulforaphane moves towards use in human clinical trials,” they said. Via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110609123334.htm

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