More research is being done and conclusions being made that show positive benefits of many different fruits and vegetables on the health of the body. Whether it be research on one particular vegetable and it's effect on improving the health of those who have a specific disease or illness, or research that shows the preventive powers that any given fruit or vegetable may have against those diseases or illnesses. This is why we stress that everyone make every effort to get the minimum recommended servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. This is also why we recommend Juice Plus+ ®. Since most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, we recommend Juice Plus+ ® because it provides nutrients from a variety of those foods. Here's more on the study about broccoli and the research results showing benefits --
ScienceDaily (May 5, 2010) — A compound derived from broccoli could help prevent or treat breast cancer by targeting cancer stem cells -- the small number of cells that fuel a tumor's growth -- according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The study tested sulforaphane, a component of broccoli and broccoli sprouts, in both mice and cell cultures. Researchers found sulforaphane targeted and killed the cancer stem cells and prevented new tumors from growing.
"Sulforaphane has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells. This new insight suggests the potential of sulforaphane or broccoli extract to prevent or treat cancer by targeting the critical cancer stem cells," says study author Duxin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the U-M College of Pharmacy and a researcher with the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Results of the study appear in the May 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.
Current chemotherapies do not work against cancer stem cells, which is why cancer recurs and spreads. Researchers believe that eliminating the cancer stem cells is key to controlling cancer. In the current study, researchers took mice with breast cancer and injected varying concentrations of sulforaphane from the broccoli extract.
Comments: The Juice Plus+ ® Vegetable Blend happens to include Broccoli in the process of compounding nutrients. Don't make any conclusions from that statement. The bottom line is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that means you are better off getting those 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day than waiting until you are sick or have some illness or disease before you start making healthy choices. This is good news on the broccoli front, but the message still needs to be reinforced that it's the whole food that works bettter than just one chemical that exists in that food. This may need studies to prove, but let's go with logic on this one. An army may have it's strongest weapons, soldiers, or parts, but it still takes the entire unit, equipment, or machine...together to provide the overall strength. Maybe not the analogy we need in these delicate times, but you get the point. The complete gamut of phytonutrients that exist in plant-based foods all work together to help in the prevention of sickness and disease. So eat more of them, in their ripe and raw state if at all possible - that way you'll get the optimal amount of the "army" of nutrients available.
Dr. Patrick Havey The Health & Wellness Institute, PC Official Juice Plus+® Independent Distributor