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MEN: Broccoli May Help Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by a group of British researchers found that eating more broccoli may protect men from prostate cancer.

The study was published by the Public Library of Science journal PLoS and is said to be one of first human trials to investigate how fruits and vegetables reduce cancer risk.

The findings are exciting when you consider that prostate cancer is the number two cancer killer of men worldwide. In fact, in the United States alone 30,000 men loose their lives to this disease each year.

The researchers studied 24 men at high risk of prostate cancer for one year. High risk was determined by the presence of pre-cancerous lesions that are known to increase prostate cancer risk. The men were split into two groups. One group was instructed to eat four servings of broccoli each day and the other four servings of peas.

The study found that the group who ate broccoli activated certain genes known to play a role in fighting cancer. The researchers associated the changes in these genes with a compound called isothiocyanate which is found in the cruciferous family of vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, broccoli)

Broccoli in particular contains a special isothiocyanate compound called sulforaphate which researchers belief is an especially powerful cancer fighter.

According to the research, drastic changes in diet aren't necessary to see these cancer-fighting benefits. Just a few more servings of cruciferous vegetables each day can have a dramatic effect.

Much to the dismay of children all over the world it has long been accepted that vegetables like broccoli are good for your health. For the first time this study shows how, biologically, that is true.
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