When it comes to protecting against breast cancer, your best medicine may right on your plate. In fact, one family of cancer-fighting veggies in particular – the cruciferous vegetables -show activity similar to the common breast cancer drug, Taxol.
Broccoli Fights Breast Cancer:
In a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers examined the effects of sulforaphane – a nutrient found exclusively in cruciferous vegetables -on human breast cancer cells.
Researchers treated MCF-7 (a human breast cancer cell line) with sulforaphane. Within 24 hours, the cancer cells stopped growing and dividing and there was an increase in a cancer-protective protein. Researchers found that sulforaphane acts much like Taxol by disrupting components of the cell called microtubules.
Fight Breast Cancer with Diet
Fight breast cancer naturally by powering up your plate with this diverse and delicious family of vegetables. Crucifers include arugula, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, daikon, horseradish, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, turnips, radishes and watercress—so boredom is no excuse.
Because sulforaphane is destroyed by heat, enjoy these veggies “in the raw” for maximum nutritional benefit.
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