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2017-03-17 / core career

Why broccoli is so good for you

A diet heavy in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, has shown potential risk-reduction properties for colorectal, prostate and various other forms of cancer. Broccoli can help to prevent prostate cancer, may work through its influence on long, non-coding RNAs. It include sulforaphane, a dietary compound this act as an anti-cancer compound. The findings were published by researchers from Oregon State University in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Regular eating of broccoli has been linked to lower rates of prostate, colon, breast, lung and skin cancers. glucosinolates (GSs) and the substances that are left when GSs are broken down can boost the levels of a broccoli enzyme that helps rid the body of carcinogens. One way to increase GSs is to spray a plant hormone called methyl jasmonate on broccoli. This natural hormone protects the plants against pests. The research provides more evidence for how these lncRNAs, which were once thought to be a type of “junk DNA” of no particular value or function, may instead play a critical role in triggering cells to become malignant and spread. Scientists now believe that when these lncRNAs are dysregulated they can contribute to multiple disease processes, including cancer. A new analysis opens the door to discovery of thousands of potential new cancer biomarkers.


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