Plant compound may ward off cancer spread, recurrence

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A compound and enzyme found in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli may help to prevent the spread and recurrence of some cancers, according to a study out of South Dakota.

Moul Dey, PhD, and her researchers from South Dakota State University have been doing research on phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a compound and enzyme in these vegetables that combine while chewing.

While PEITC may be developed as an effective dietary supplement, studies demonstrate that cancer-preventing levels of PEITC may be achieved through diet alone.

When Dr. Dey and her colleagues treated cervical cancer stem cells with a 20-micromolar concentration of the PEITC compound in a petri dish, they found that about 75 percent of them diet within 24 hours.

Lower concentrations were also found to be effective. Working with veterinarians, Dey found that 10-micromolar concentrations of PEITC was able to significantly prevent the spread of cancer in mouse lung tissue.

Further testing, she urged, is necessary to determine outcomes in humans.

Cruciferous Vegetables and Cancer Prevention [Fact Sheet]
A compound and enzyme found in cruciferous vegetables may help to prevent the spread and recurrence of some cancers.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and perhaps a serving of broccoli or watercress can help keep cancer at bay.
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