Sickness Prevention

Can broccoli help prevent cancer?


Health-conscious individuals who are interested in sickness prevention have probably heard that eating fruits and vegetables has been linked to a decreased risk of a number of illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, many individuals may not know how foods can actually work to prevent diseases.

Recently, scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered how a compound called sulforaphane, which can be found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, works to prevent the formation of cancer tumors.

The researchers found that sulforaphane is a histone deacetylase (HDAC) mechanism inhibitor. This mechanism interferes with cells in the body that prevent the development of tumors, and sulforaphane helps restores cell function before tumors can cultivate.

Furthermore, the scientists found that sulforaphane works with another mechanism, called DNA methylation, which also helps cells function properly.

"Cancer is very complex and it’s usually not just one thing that has gone wrong," said researcher Emily Ho. "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."

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