To beat cancer, eat your veggies!
Kids aren’t the only people who should pile more vegetables on their dinner plate. A study published in the August 1 issue of JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that men who regularly eat broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and turnips are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who consume few of these veggies.
“All these vegetables have compounds called glucosinolates that have been shown to protect cells from DNA damage in the lab, and thus may be anticarcinogenic,” said lead author Victoria Kirsh, Ph.D., a former doctoral student of Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology. Kirsh is now at Cancer Care Ontario.
To make sure that men who consume more vegetables aren’t just more likely to get prostate screening tests than others, Kirsh used data that identified 1,338 men diagnosed with prostate cancer out of 29,361 who were screened.
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