Sunday, July 30, 2017

Whether Broccoli and Cauliflower Can Prevent Skin Cancer

We all know that vegetables are healthy foods. But new research found that in addition to healthy, a compound in vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower have the ability to fight melanoma or skin cancer.

In a study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, researchers developed the drug from a natural compound of broccoli and cauliflower called isothiocyanates. They tried the drug on human and mouse melanoma cells.

The result, the drug was able to kill human melanoma cells, and inhibit the growth of melanoma cells in mice up to 69 percent. It also does not harm other healthy cells.

In addition, it is also found that the drug is easily removed from the body, thereby reducing the likelihood of side effects, something that is often found in other melanoma drugs.

How these compounds work is still unclear, but researchers suspect isothiocyanates inhibit the division and growth of cancer cells.

However, the study is still at an early stage, researchers have not dared to say that eating broccoli alone can cure skin cancer. Of course that's not enough.

"But there is hope that broccoli and cauliflower can lower a person's risk of skin cancer," said researcher Arun Sharma, Ph.D. "It is a good recommendation for prevention, although the compounds in the vegetable alone may not be sufficient for treatment or therapy."

But this should not discourage you to eat more vegetables. In a previous study, people who ate 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, 13 percent less likely to get cancer. Besides also a bonus decline in the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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