Thursday, November 22, 2012
Compound from broccoli kills prostate cancer cells
We have probably all heard that eating broccoli is healthy, and the research reviewed here adds more evidence to that (Clarke JD, et al. 2011).
The study documented that sulforaphane a compound found in broccoli, selectively induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (cell death) in benign hyperplasia and cancerous prostate epithelial cells, but not in normal cells. This was due to an inhibition of the enzyme deacetylase (HDAC) as well as affecting several other factors.
It is difficult to get high enough amounts of sulforaphane by just eating broccoli, but you can take sulforaphane in capsule form. Sulforaphane has also been found to provide other health benefits, you can read more about that by clicking here.
To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.
Clarke JD, Hsu A, Yu Z, Dashwood RH, Ho E. Differential effects of sulforaphane on histone deacetylases, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in normal prostate cells versus hyperplastic and cancerous prostate cells. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2011 Jul;55(7):999-1009. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201000547. Epub 2011 Mar 4.
Published with permission by Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac : – -www.TissueRecovery.com Dr. Marsh has worked with and referrers patients to Dr. Sopler for co-management for years . . . He is quite simply San Diego's top functional medicine consultant.