Broccoli is part of the cruciferous group of vegeteables along with asparagus, kale and sprouts. It is packed with vitamins, minerals fibre and healthy polyphenols which have numerous health benefits including the ability to protect you from cancer.
Why are antioxidants and plant polyphenols important?
Polyphenols are natural plant based chemicals found in healthy foods which enhance our health and protect us from illnesses. Their antioxidant properties protect us from environmental and ingested chemicals which damage our DNA via a process called oxidation. Many studies have linked anti-oxidant rich foods with a lower risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses such as high cholesterol, dementia, arthritis, skin aging and macular degeneration (blindness). There are also some studies which report that anti-oxidants in broccoli could have an anti-cancer effect.
Anti-cancer properties of broccoli
Broccoli contains anti-oxidant phytochemicals such as isothiocyanate (ITCs) and its metabolite sulforaphane which have been found to inhibit growth and promote apoptosis of prostate cancer cells (Sarkar 2004). Biologists at Britain’s Institute of Food Research showed that the healthy chemicals found in broccoli can prevent pre-cancerous cells in the prostate progressing to more aggressive cancers. They found that a portion of broccoli each week sparks hundreds of genetic changes, activating genes that fight cancer and switching off others that fuel them [Moysich 2007].
A further 4 of 8 eight
observational studies suggested that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables,
may decrease risk of cancer and reduce the risk of cancer progressing to more
aggressive genotypes through induction of anti-oxidant enzymes, particularly
glutathione S-transferases which explains why broccoli is particularly
beneficial in the 50% of the population carrying a mutated glutathione gene
[Joseph 2004]. Another study from Queensland Australia analysed over a thousand
individuals who had been treated for skin cancer over 8 years. They reported a
lower rate of subsequent skin cancers in those who had a high level of lutein
and xeaxanthin found commonly in broccoli and leafy green vegetables [Heinen
high intakes of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and turnips, have been
found to slightly reduce thyroid activity in animals (Fenwick et al 1983). There
has been one case of an elderly woman developing hypothyroidism following
consumption of over 1.0 kg/day of raw pak choy for several months (Chu M et al
Very high intakes of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and turnips, have been found to slightly reduce thyroid activity in animals (Fenwick et al 1983). There has been one case of an elderly woman developing hypothyroidism following consumption of over 1.0 kg/day of raw pak choy for several months (Chu M et al 2010).Many antioxidants including those in curcumin, green tea pomegranate and broccoli extract can inhibit apoptosis induced by some chemotherapy drugs. There are cell line data to suggest that anti-oxidants can possibly reduce the action of chemotherapy although this has not been substantiated in humans [Somasundaram 2002]. In view of this potential interaction taking regular Pomi-T during chemotherapy is best avoided.
Broccoli extract combination
broccoli can be pleasant and nutritious but taking a supplement ensures a higher daily dose
and not everyone likes the taste. There are many broccoli extracts are available on the open market
but it would be advisable to take a tablet which has been combined with other
anti-oxidant rich foods.
a broad range of healthy plant based polyphenols and antioxidants within four
natural super food green tea | broccoli
| pomegranate | turmeric. The whole food ingredients have been dried, concentrated
then squeezed into a tablet for a convenient way to boost daily intake. The
rationale for combining four different foods types (berry, vegetable, spice and
leaf) was to provide a wide spectrum of naturally healthy polyphenol nutrients,
whilst at the same time avoiding over-consumption of one particular type.
Ingredients were also selected to avoid foods with high phytoestrogenic or
hormonal properties. Each
supplement tablets contains:
has been investigated in a UK Government approved national scientific
study which has the highest possible scientific design, the gold standard of all
trials - A double blind, randomised (RCT) placebo controlled trial. The study is
sponsored by the charity Prostate Action, has been adopted by the National
Cancer Research Network (NCRN), has UK Ethics Committee certification and is
independently audited to ensure adherence to European Good Clinical Practice
Guidelines (GCP). The chief investigator Professor Robert Thomas is Chair of
McMillan Survivorship Expert Advisory Committee and is a consultant Oncologist
at Bedford, Cranfield and Cambridge University Hospitals. The trial is currently
the world’s largest RCT of a food supplement to date and the full results will
be available in early 2014.
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