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Broccoli protects against prostate cancer


Researchers from the British Institute of Food Research have announced that several broccoli servings weekly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Their research showed that the chemical compound present in the broccoli affects the activation of the genes necessary for the fight against cancer and at the same time excludes genes whose activity favors tumor development, published by the scientific journal PLoS One.

This is the first study in which people are tracked by biological mechanisms associated with the consumption of broccoli.


Researchers add that this kind of effect is likely to have other similar types of vegetables that contain a key compound of isothiocyanate, for example, cabbage and cauliflower.


The broccoli also contains a sulphoraphane compound that has already proven to be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer, scientists warn.


The results also showed that the broccoli was more effective in subjects with a gene called GSTM1, otherwise present in the half of the population.


Researchers believe that broccoli has this effect on other forms of cancer.
It is estimated that prostate cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer in men, immediately from lung cancer.


Every year, there are 680000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the world, and 220000 men die annually from this disease.
The broccoli should be included in at least one daily meal.

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