Green chemoprevention!

| 4 August 2021
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Could broccoli protect against cancer?

Compounds called isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and pak choy are known to have anti-cancer properties. Broccoli, in particular, contains many of these compounds and one, called sulforaphane, is found to be effective in preventing cancers of the prostate, breast, colon, skin, bladder and mouth.

Scientists call this ‘green chemoprevention’ and say that eating these vegetables in the right amount on a regular basis can promote health and reduce the risk of cancer. Also rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, polyphenols and antioxidants, broccoli should be a regular feature of your diet.

Nandini DB, Rao RS, Deepak BS et al. 2020. Sulforaphane in broccoli: The green chemoprevention!! Role in cancer prevention and therapy. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 24 (2) 405.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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