Broccoli and cancer
Previous scientific studies have linked sulforaphane (found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables) with cancer prevention. A new study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has discovered how this occurs. Researchers from Oregon State University found that sulforaphane reduces the expression of long non coding RNAs in prostate cancer cells preventing the formation of colonies, a hallmark of metastatic cancer. This is important for future research and prevention of many other cancers including breast, stomach and lung cancer.
The researchers found that an increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables high in sulforaphane appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. "This could open the door to a whole range of new dietary strategies, foods or drugs that may play a role in cancer suppression or therapeutic control," said Emily Ho, director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventative Health at Oregon State University.
About the journal: The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry is a peer reviewed scientific journal covering bio mechanical and molecular biological aspects of nutritional science.