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Now, super-broccoli to battle cancer

Researchers say that eating larger portions of super- broccoli will help fighting cancer.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2005 11:20 IST

Broccoli has been known to fight cancer but people with certain genes may not be able to enjoy its full benefits as their bodies retain the cancer fighting chemical sulforaphane for only a few hours. But now researchers have found that people can compensate for the difference in their genetic make-up by eating the super variety, with higher levels of the active plant chemical sulforaphane.

"Super-broccoli" is currently being developed and may not be in the shops for another three years. In the meantime researchers from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) say that eating larger portions may be the best way to compensate.

"Eating a few portions of broccoli each week may help to reduce the risk of cancer. Some individuals, who lack a gene called GSTM1, appear to get less cancer protection from broccoli than those who have the gene," lead scientist Professor Richard Mithen was quoted by the Dailymail, as saying.

"However, if you consume larger portions of broccoli, or broccoli with higher levels of sulforaphane, such as the 'super-broccoli', you may be able to retain as much sulforaphane in your body as those who have the gene," he added.

Eating larger portions has the additional benefit of consuming a rich source of other vitamins and minerals. Broccoli is the main source of the natural compound sulforaphane and belongs to the crucifer family of vegetables which includes cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. (ANI)


First Published: Dec 12, 2005 11:20 IST