FoodFacts.com is always thrilled to find research information that links a simple vegetable to a powerful way to combat disease and improve our health. Today we found just that.
There’s a new study out from the Baylor College of Medicine that shows that a compound in cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, can actually kill leukemia cells in a lab. Wow! We could actually be serving up a cancer killer on our families’ plates without ever having known it!
The compound is called sulforaphane. The study showed that by incubating sulforaphane along with leukemia cells caused the cancer to die – it also didn’t appear to have any effect at all on healthy cells.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the form of leukemia most common in children. It is curable in about 80% of cases. There are some children, though, who don’t respond to traditional treatment. It’s because of that unfortunate fact that Baylor researchers are searching for an alternative to traditional treatments.
The sulforaphane found in broccoli was used in a concentrated form in this study. Researchers are commenting that eating the vegetable may not have the same effect as the lab results. However, the important news is that the effects seen in the lab can lead to effective alternative and natural treatments for leukemia.
An older study also linked sulforaphane to the destruction of breast cancer stem cells in mice and lab cultures, and also prevented new tumor cells from growing.
Hippocrates might have really been on to something. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Since our inception, FoodFacts.com has always believed that there really are natural options that can be employed in science and medicine that can help us fight disease and remain healthy. We will keep following the news regarding this research and keep you informed.
In the meantime, please read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/sulforaphane-leukemia-broccoli-cruciferous-vegetables_n_2286333.html