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Broccoli Kills Cancer Cells

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:11 AM EDT

Sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, can selectively target and kill cancer cells. Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University showed, for the first time, that the chemical kills prostate cancer cells while leaving normal cells healthy.

Sulforaphane appears to work by inhibiting histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes, which suppress genes that stop the growth of cancer cells. Inhibiting HDAC enzymes is one of the most promising areas of cancer treatment, and scientists are investigating both pharmaceutical and dietary approaches.

The results suggests that eating foods rich in sulforaphane (broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage) could be a safe, non-toxic, and affordable way to prevent and fight cancer.

Clinical trials are already underway to investigate its effectiveness in preventing both prostate and breast cancer.

© HealthDay

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:11 AM
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