Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cruciferous vegetables and the Battle against Cancer

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)Image via Wikipedia
Our moms couldn't  have been more right about eating the mealtime  vegetables. Now, according to  a report in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists now know how the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress and others help fight cancer growth.

The vegetables contain a substance called isothiocyanates (ITC) that seem to target and block a defective gene that is associated with cancer.  Healthy p53 genes, acts as a tumor suppressor and prevents cells from starting the abnormal growth associated with cancer.  The mutated genes, which occurs in about half of all human cancers do not offer such protection.


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