Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cancer - The Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables
Patients undergoing Radiation therapy for cancer have not only known to frequently experience damage of healthy tissues but also several other side effects. However, based on a most recent study featured in an academic journal, dated 10/16/13, cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli is believed to contain an anti-cancerous compound that is able to  protect healthy tissues from radiation damage or decrease the side effects often observed in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

According to this group of researchers, this anti-cancer compound which has first proven to protect rodents from lethal doses of radiation has already shown to be safe in humans also. This compound they call “DIM” has been studied as a cancer prevention agent for many years, but this is the first indication that it can also act as a guard against radiation.

The typical side effects observe in cancer patients who have received radiation therapy, are usually a reduction of :- red blood cells, white blood cells and blood platelets. However, these scientists also found that mice treated with this anti-cancer compound have shown less loss of the above blood cells and platelets

A few years ago, another compound was also discovered in cruciferous vegetables that allegedly improves DNA repair in cells, which in turn helps prevent them from becoming cancerous.

Definition of Cruciferous Plants
Cruciferous plants are those that produce cross-shaped leaves. Other cruciferous vegetables not mentioned above include Brussels sprouts, and Kohlrabi. They have long shown to contain phytochemicals that appears to exert a powerful effect in preventing cancer by blocking the formation of cancerous tumors and disrupting the process at almost every step of the way. Although the recommended daily consumption of fruits and vegetables is 5-9 servings, many of us have not been eating this amount of fruits and vegetables --- especially Cruciferous vegetables --- on a daily basis

As you can see cruciferous vegetables not only can help to protect cancer patients against the damage of healthy tissues and other side effects of radiation therapy, they also play a very important role in reducing the risk of developing cancer.

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