August 01, 2007
Cruciferous Vegetables Slash Prostate Cancer Risk

Cruciferous vegetables cut prostate cancer risk by 40% overall.

Writing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers from Canada and the US report that an increased intake of cruciferous vegetables was associated with a 40 per cent reduction in prostate cancer risk, with broccoli and cauliflower singled out as offering most protection.

Cauliflower is the most effective with a 52% decline in aggressive prostate cancer among men who eat cauliflower more than once a week.

Men who reported eating cauliflower more than once per week were 52 percent less likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men who reported eating cauliflower less than once a month.

Men who reported eating broccoli more than once per week were 45 percent less likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men who reported eating broccoli less than once a month.

Eat more cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collars, rutabaga, kohlrabi, Brussel sprouts, and other members of the Brassicaceae (aka Cruciferae) family of veggies.

Update: Eat some turmeric on that cauliflower.

Rutgers researchers have found that the curry spice turmeric holds real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when combined with certain vegetables.

The scientists tested turmeric, also known as curcumin, along with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in a group of vegetables that includes watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. "The bottom line is that PEITC and curcumin, alone or in combination, demonstrate significant cancer-preventive qualities in laboratory mice, and the combination of PEITC and curcumin could be effective in treating established prostate cancers," said Ah-Ng Tony Kong, a professor of pharmaceutics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2007 August 01 11:34 PM  Aging Diet Cancer Studies

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