More Research that Broccoli Does Help Prevent Cancer.

Research published in the journal Clinical Epigenetics found another way that the “sulforaphane” compound in broccoli prevent cancer through the complex mechanism of epigenetics.  Epigenetics refers to both our genetic code and to the way diet, toxins, and other forces  change which  genes get activated or expressed. Previous research showed that HDAC inhibitors, such as sulforaphane can help prevent cancer by restoring proper balance in the body. The current study found a second epigenetic mechanism, DNA methylation, that plays a similar role. The researchers say ” It appears that DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition, both of which can be influenced by sulforaphane, work together to maintain proper cell function.”  When this process is disrupted, cancer may result.  “Cancer is very complex and it’s usually not just one thing that has gone wrong.  It’s increasingly clear that sulforaphane is a real multi-tasker. The more we find out about it the more benefits it appears to have.”

DNA methylation turns off genes and helps control what DNA material gets read as part of genetic communication within cells. Cancer results when there is a mix up of this process. Sulforaphane is plentiful in broccoli and is also found in cauliflowe and kale.

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