November 21, 2008
Raw Cruciferous Vegetables Cut Lung Cancer Risk

Raw cruciferous vegetables cut the risk of lung cancer among smokers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cancer preventive properties of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables appear to work specifically in smokers, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Seventh Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.

Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to be protective in numerous studies, but this is the first comprehensive study that showed a protective benefit in smokers, specifically in former smokers, according to lead author Li Tang, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

If you can't stop smoking at least eat lots of cabbage and broccoli.

Among smokers, the protective effect of cruciferous vegetable intake ranged from a 20 percent reduction in risk to a 55 percent reduction in risk depending on the type of vegetable consumed and the duration and intensity of smoking.

For example, among current smokers, only the consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables was associated with risk reduction of lung cancer. No significant results were found for consumption of vegetables in general and fruits.

Eating vegetables is one of the few things you can do that will slow the aging process and make you feel better. If you do not like vegetables wolf them down quickly at the beginning of a meal just to get them out of the way.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 November 21 12:02 AM  Aging Diet Cancer Studies

Fat Man said at November 21, 2008 8:32 AM:

Raw? I love brocolli and cauliflower, but it was easier to quit smoking that it would have been to eat RAW cruciferous vegetables.

Randall Parker said at November 21, 2008 5:57 PM:

Fat Man, Agree with you about broccoli. But I find cauliflower mild enough that I can eat it. So I eat cauliflower. Don't know how much of the good compounds it has though.

ed said at November 22, 2008 5:28 AM:

Put them in a vitamix. I use a normandy mix- broc cauli and carrot (all frozen) about 60-70 percent of total mixed with frozen berries 30-40 percent mixed with oj and hot green tea- and drink. Delish.

Jay said at November 22, 2008 11:48 AM:

Ah, I love raw broccoli, with dip or in salad. Never tried cauliflower raw, though I've developed a love for it cooked. Raw cabbage? Well, cole slaw is good. Depending who makes it. Fascinating they're that helpful, and raw specifically.

Russ Glines said at November 22, 2008 2:02 PM:

We have heard that they do not have to be RAW but not boiled to death. A light steaming Al dente works too.

Allan said at November 22, 2008 2:41 PM:

I'm with Jay ... I eat raw broccoli a lot ... and even raw cauliflower. Try it, you might like it!

Randall Parker said at November 22, 2008 2:47 PM:

Regards Allan's "Try it, you might like it!" suggestion. That is excellent advice. We need more vegetables in our diet. Buy a variety of them. Take some to work. Pull out some when you get home. Try eating various raw vegetables. Find some combination that you can make into a habit. They don't have to taste great. They just have to taste okay.

If you can find some vegetables you can make into an acceptable raw eating habit you'll be better off in the long run.

I try to make unambitious small incremental changes in my diet that move me in the direction we should all move in (more veggies, more fruits, more nuts, more berries, less red meat, etc). If I make smaller changes I find them easier to sustain. I do not make myself eat something I hate. I just try to make substitutions that represent net improvements. Every year I try to find a few more improvements to make.

It just so happens I decided to make cauliflower a part of my regular diet a couple of months ago. I can sustain eating cauliflower for years. I think of it as a sustainable investment.

Start small and make small good changes. There are plenty of improvements to choose among. Start with the ones you think you'll find easiest to do.

aaron said at November 22, 2008 3:17 PM:

Any idea (didn't see it mentioned) if it's effective on all stages of lung cancer? That would really be cool. I quit smoking about 2 years ago, and haven't looked back. I hope the ranch dressing doesn't undo the effectiveness of the veggies!

TTT said at November 30, 2008 1:25 PM:

Here are some tricks :

Eat cabbage in tacos, rather than lettuce. It can actually taste good.
Steam cauliflower lightly, so that the nutrients are not destroyed. Then eat them.

Again, Indian and Thai cuisine have many tasty recipies that use cruciferous vegetables, as well as garlic, ginger, and turmeric. All of these things are healthy, and recipe enables the taste to be a positive. Go learn these recipies. Your life depends on it.

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