Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage fight prostate cancer

In the recent American Association for Cancer conference, Pharmacologists have demonstared that when cruciferous vegetables--such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage--are chewed helps control human prostate tumors grafted into mice. Phenethyl-isothiocyanate, or PEITC, prompted the prostate cancer cells to kill themselves in a process called apoptosis. By the end of a 31-day treatment cycle, treated mice had tumors nearly two times smaller than their counterparts. The lead author of this study, Shivendra Singh, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and urology and codirector of the Cancer Biochemoprevention Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, believes that prostate cancer is one of the malignancies that can be prevented by certain foods. He says: "from epidemiologic data, we know that increased consumption of vegetables reduces the risk for certain types of cancer, but now we are beginning to understand the mechanisms by which certain edible vegetables like broccoli help our bodies fight cancer and other diseases."

1 comment:

Soi said...

Don't forget Brussels sprouts! Yum!