Phillip Minton M.D.

Sulforaphane Against Cancer

In cancer, diabetes, health food on July 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

Sulforaphane is a naturally occurring chemical found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. As its name implies, sulforaphane contains sulfur. Sulforaphane exhibits anti-microbial, anti-diabetic and anti-cancerous effects in experimental models. It is one of the most exciting natural organo-chemical substances in modern anti-cancer research.

Although research is ongoing, it seems that sulforaphane acts principally on genes that fight cancer and its spread such as the tumor suppressor genes. The likely pathway by which it primarily effects prostate cancer, for example, is that sulforaphane interferes with the expression of male hormone receptor genes.

The richest food source of sulforaphane is to eat young broccoli sprouts. The act of chewing the sprouts “releases” the beneficial sulforaphane, although you also experince a somewhat unpleasant bitter taste as well.

 

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