Could Broccoli Sprouts Stop Breast cancer in its Tracks?

Here is an excerpt from Dr Jonathan Wright’s ‘Nutrition and Healing’ newsletter.

‘At the end of last year, the US Preventative Services Task Force called for women to hold off on mammograms until the age of 50, and then only to get them once a year after that.

Here at ‘Nutrition & Healing’, we thought it was a small step in the right direction – Dr. Wright has been telling us for years that mammograms increase the risk of breast cancer (and yet another study confirmed it late last year). But the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology whipped the mainstream media into such a frenzy that all sensible argument was lost in the roar.

And while everyone’s arguing about how early and how often women should be subjected to a potentially harmful screening test, some very important news has been ignored.

News about how we can defend our bodies against breast cancer – naturally.

In an animal study at the University of Michigan, in the US, it was found that sulphoraphane, a compound found in broccoli sprouts, eliminated breast cancer stem cells, halting tumour growth after cells were implanted in mice.

Researchers were impressed. They reported that the “findings support the use of sulphoraphane for the chemoprevention of breast cancer stem cells.”

Now, this is big news. But it isn’t the first time e-Tips readers have heard about the wonders of broccoli sprouts. In fact, back in 2006, we told you about a couple of big reasons to get them in your diet.

Reason #1: A diet rich in broccoli sprouts can reduce H. pylori infection, which is thought to contribute to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

Reason #2: Broccoli sprouts may reduce the risk of skin cancer in people who have overdone it in the sun. Researchers found the carcinogenic properties of ultraviolet light exposure were counteracted by sulphoraphane in an animal study.

And now we have a big Reason #3: This is certainly more than enough evidence to get me adding a heap of them to a daily salad.

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