Pass The Broccoli: Compound Found To Fight Breast Cancer

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By Deborah Mitchell for

Women who are concerned about breast cancer–and who isn’t?–may want to include a few servings of broccoli, watercress, and various other vegetables in the same family on their weekly menu. A new study shows that compounds found in broccoli, watercress, and other cruciferous vegetables can slow the progress of mammary carcinoma in mice, which is similar to breast cancer progression in people.

Breast cancer fighting ingredient in certain vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables have been studied extensively for their ability to help fight cancer, since they possess certain compounds that have demonstrated anticancer abilities, such as sulfurophane and phenethyl isothiocyanate. The current study focused on phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), which has proved itself to be capable of inducing suicide among breast cancer cells.

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