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Fight cancer with Christmas veggie Brussels sprout

Do you love brussels sprout? There's more reason to use it for Christmas this year: scientists have now found out that the superfood could also help you fight cancer.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 27, 2014 14:52 IST
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Do you love brussels sprout? There's more reason to use it for Christmas this year: scientists have now found out that the superfood could also help you fight cancer.

The little green vegetable is a nutrient-dense powerhouse, and having only a cup of the smelly food contains 240 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K1 and nearly 130 percent of your daily vitamin C intake, the Daily Star reported.

According to a research, they are a great source of fibre, manganese, potassium, choline, and B vitamins, and their antioxidants and other phytochemicals have been proven to fight chronic diseases, including number of cancers, by triggering pre-cancerous cells to commit suicide.

Another study found that when men ate about 1.5 cups of Brussels sprouts daily for 5 weeks, they had a 28 percent decrease in DNA damage.

The researchers have concluded that the "consumption of cruciferous vegetables (including Brussels sprouts) may result in a decreased cancer risk".

The findings are published in the journal Carcinogenesis.