Crunchy vegetable targets and kills cancer cells
This month, scientists pinpointed for the first time exactly why broccoli is so good for us. Not only does it help to prevent cancer by protecting your DNA from damage, it also targets and kills actual cancer cells.
It all comes down to a phytochemical found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables called sulforaphane. You’ve probably heard me talk about it before. So when the University of Oregon researchers released the results of their sulphoraphane study, I had to tell you about it.
For the study, U of O researchers applied sulforaphane to healthy prostate cells and cancerous prostate cells. Then, they waited. Before too long, the researchers jumped for joy. The cancerous prostate cancer cells all died.
But wait, the results are even more impressive…
As you know, chemotherapy kills cancer cells. However, it also kills healthy cells. In fact, it kills all the cells in your body that divide quickly. This includes cells that grow hair. That’s why your hair falls out when you go on many kinds of chemo.
But sulphoraphane is different. It killed the cancerous cells, but it also left the healthy prostate cells alone!
As you can imagine, this is a huge discovery. In fact, Big Pharma has already caught wind of it and is trying to make a synthetic version of sulphoraphane. They need a synthetic version because they can’t patent and market something you can grow yourself in the backyard.
U of O researchers said plans are already underway for a clinical trial with sulphoraphane.
This means they will try it out on living breathing humans…not just in a lab.
So while we may indeed live among a growing sea of carcinogens, take solace. Eat your broccoli. Eat your cauliflower. These veggies will help protect your DNA.