The benefits of eating hearty green vegetables have long been known, and now another study has added some weight to the issue.
Thanks to data collected
by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, broccoli and Brussels sprouts have been proven to contain cancer-fighting components. The research showed that the super-foods contain a substance that breaks down a cancer-causing molecule.
"[The molecule] is present at abnormally high levels in about half of breast cancer cases, and it is associated with a poor prognosis," said study leader Xianghong Zou, assistant professor of pathology at the medical center.
The news source reports that the molecule is also found in patients who have been diagnosed with prostate, liver and colon cancers, as well as those with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Alzheimer's disease.
"A better understanding of this mechanism may lead to the use of this dietary supplement as an effective and safe strategy for treating a variety of cancers and other human diseases," Zou said.
Although these findings are encouraging, women have long been advised to maintain a diet full of fruits and vegetables in order to prevent a breast cancer diagnosis.