Well we always knew that we had to eat up our greens because they were good for us didn’t we? Scientists claim that eating broccoli and cauliflower twice a week can cut the risk of prostate cancer by almost 50%. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute in Maryland revealed yesterday that the results of a four year study on 29,000 men showed that those who ate cauliflower or broccoli at least once a week had far fewer fast growing tumors which spread rapidly through the body. They claimed that broccoli cuts the risk by 45% and cauliflower by 52%.
Cancer charities have pointed out that they have long advised an intake of a variety of fruit and vegetables to help protect against cancer in general. But the researchers claim that these two vegetables were better than any others to help prevent the development of aggressive prostate cancer as they contain natural substances that protect DNA damage.
What the media stories do not report is the fact that many studies on the natural substances carbinol and flavonoids found in cruciferous vegetables that include cabbage, Brussels sprouts as well as broccoli, cauliflower have been shown to improve the detox function of the liver.
The liver is the main organ of detoxification in the body which through a highly complex and sophisticated system neutralizes and gets rid of many potential cancer causing chemical toxins that enter our bodies through our food, water, air pollution and personal products. These foods are especially valuable in the prevention of all cancers.
Men are encouraged to eat their 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day that includes broccoli and cauliflower as part of a healthy diet. Prostate cancer is becoming increasingly common among the over 50’s and 10, 000 die from the disease in the UK and nearly 32,000 in the USA every year.
Eating a healthy balanced diet, reducing exposure to cancer causing toxins and living and stress can help prevent all cancers in both men and women.