Broccoli helps to fight breast cancer

June 21, 2010 by  
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Scientists have discovered a new benefit that offers broccoli consumption: can prevent and even treat breast cancer.
It seems that effect is given by the contents of sulforaphane, which attack cancer stem cells that contribute to tumor growth. Thus, consumption of broccoli may help women both in preventing and treating disease.
“Anti-cancer effects of sulforaphane were investigated, but this study shows that this substance stop the developing of the tumor,” said Prof. Duxin Sun, University of Michigan.
The study was conducted on mice with breast cancer who were injected with broccoli extract. Researchers have observed a significant reduction of cancer stem cells after treatment with sulforaphane. In mice, broccoli extract was able to stop tumor growth. Experts say that sulforaphane used in the study were in amounts greater than found in broccoli. They also do not recommend supplements of sulforaphane, considering that the survey was not conducted on humans.
Previous studies have suggested that an efficient broccoli consumption can prevent other cancers, such as gallbladder cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer.
Discovered in time, breast cancer is curable. The breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Like other cancers, breast cancer is completely curable if diagnosed and treated in early stages. For early detection of tumor requires a monthly autopalpare to the right breast and presentation to your doctor if any suspicions. Also, annual gynecological exam should include the correct clinical breast exams.
As with any type of cancer, symptoms typically appear when it’s too late, the tumor was in an advanced stage. These comprise: indolora palpable mass, pain, deformity, nipple discharge (especially unilateral), redness (erythema) and skin ulceration.
Broccoli consumption is recommended for …
Strong bones. This vegetable contains high amounts of calcium and vitamin C, important nutrients for bone health.
Healthy digestive system. According to a study, broccoli can eliminate Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), due to the content of sulforaphane.
Prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Scientists have discovered that a diet based on broccoli, tea, onions, apples (all rich in flavonoids), reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Strengthening the immune system. Not only is rich in vitamin C, but broccoli contains beta-carotene, zinc, selenium and other minerals that help immune defensive actions.
A healthy pregnancy. Broccoli contain folic acid, vitamin B, necessary for proper division of cells into DNA synthesis. With a deficiency of folic acid, nervous system cells of the fetus does not divide properly.
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