Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Broccoli banishes Prostate cancer, according to National Institute of Cancer

Looks like there's something to be said for the "eat your veggies" mantra parents have, for generations, forced down their children's, often unwilling, throats.

The BBC reports that, in the Journal of the National Institute of Cancer, researchers have claimed that eating cruciferous and dark green, leafy veggies (like broccoli, cauliflower and spinach), on a regular basis, can actually reduce the risk of prostate cancer! Apparently, those vegetables have anti-cancerous properties.
A study of 1,300 men found they [cauliflower and broccoli] were better than any other vegetable at protecting against aggressive tumours.
Although eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies can help maintain good health and reduce the risk of cancer, the study found that it was the increased consumption of cauliflower and broccoli, in particular, that decreased the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. They also contend that spinach can be helpful, but not to the extent that cauliflower and broccoli is.

A weekly serving of cauliflower was associated with 52% decreased risk of aggressive disease and similar amounts of broccoli cut the risk by 45%.
Most experts claim that eating a healthy, balanced diet with at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables (including broccoli and cauliflower), per day, can be very helpful in preventing many different forms of cancers.

So go ahead, stock up on that broccoli, steam it, grill it, chop it up raw and serve with a dip, your prostate and other body parts will thank you for it.

5 comments:

Frasypoo said...

I'll eat cauliflowers but cannot eat broccoli!Hubby calls it trees !

Incognito said...

Heh, your hubby sounds like GW. :-)
At least cauliflower is as good as brocc. I love brocc.

Frasypoo said...

Incog,
I am working on my next post.will email it to you

jon said...

My father died of metastasized prostate cancer, this is good news. I tried broccoli as a fresh juice once, it wasn't bad at all. more incentive to try again.

Incognito said...

Hey Jon,
Then it's doubly important to include those kinds of foods in your diet.

I love carrot/spinach, but broccoli... wow.. but juicing is probably the best way to get the benefits. Then again, they say cooked tomatoes are the best way to get the lycopene.. so who knows. It didn't specify.

Amazing how foods can heal.