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Broccoli takes the forefront in the battle against cancer

What you eat can considerably affect many aspects of your health, including the risk of developing chronic diseases viz., heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The development of cancer, in particular, is extremely influenced by your daily diet. Many foods contain useful compounds that could help decrease the development of cancer. Several other research studies have shown that higher consumption of certain foods could be linked with a lower risk of developing the disease.

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, for instance, cabbage and cauliflower, have a group of phytochemicals that are likely to have cancer-preventing properties. One recent research found that these elements could improve DNA repair in cells. Another found that men who ate one portion of broccoli daily had changed patterns of gene activity in their prostates. On the other hand, it was a small study, and more research is required before anyone can say that eating broccoli lowers your chances of prostate cancer. Singling out broccoli as an anti-cancer superfood is therefore pointless. Cancer Research UK believes that broccoli should be eaten as part of a healthy diet since research shows clearly that eating a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruit can lower the risk of developing many kinds of cancer. One test-tube study demonstrated that sulforaphane decreased the size and number of breast cancer cells by almost 70%.

Likewise, animal research found that treating mice with sulforaphane helped kill off prostate cancer cells and decreased tumor volume by more than 55%. Some researchers have also found that higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may be associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. An analysis of 30 kinds of research has proved that eating more cruciferous vegetables was linked with a lower risk of colon and colorectal cancer, and broccoli, if taken every week may help fight cancer.


Liam Turdue

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