I grew up in a meat and potatoes family. Yes, my mom repeatedly stated the axiom "eat your vegetables" to modest avail. Sometimes I ate em and sometimes I didn't. Hey, burgers and fries are much tastier. Aren't fried potatoes vegetables?
Well, many years, two degrees and a career as an alternative medicine practitioner later I finally have gotten the idea that eating your vegetables is a pretty good idea. When I do my body thanks me and I even set a good example for my daughter. Plus I know I am getting some good stuff like nutrients and antioxidants that will help to ward off a host of diseases including the dreaded "C."
So, recently I came across another study touting the benefits of vegetables in the war on cancer. This one was conducted by Yuesheng Zhang, MD, PhD, professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In this one animals with bladder cancer were given a broccoli extract. The results were a decrease in the development of bladder cancer by more than half.
Dr. Zhang attributes the success of the extract at least in part to a group of chemicals found in crutaceous vegetables called isothyiocyanates. These are powerful phyochemicals with cancer fighting properties.
Other veggies that contain these chemicals include cabbage, kale, and collard greens among others.
Dr. Zhang also stated that a high dose of broccoli extract (as used in the study) may not be needed to reap the cancer preventing benefits. It may be that much smaller amounts will protect humans.
Once again, momma was right. Veggies = good Burgers and fries = bad...
American Association for Cancer Research (2008, February 29). Extract Of Broccoli Sprouts May Protect Against Bladder Cancer.
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