Kills Cancer Cells Without Chemo…
Mercola.com recently posted a great article looking at ‘A Potent Tool Against Osteoarthritis and Cancer’ being broccoli. As as member of a the cruciferous family of vegetables, broccoli contains Sulforaphane, a sulfur compound, which has also been shown in the lab to kill cancer stem cells, slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.
The sulforaphane from broccoli plays a role in activating more than 200 different genes. Specifically, it appears that broccoli contains the necessary ingredients to switch ON genes that prevent cancer development, and switch OFF other ones that help it spread. And you don’t have to consume a truckload of broccoli to reap its benefits.
In fact, a 2008 study published in PLoS One12 found that just four servings of broccoli per week could protect men from prostate cancer. One serving of broccoli is about two spears, so that’s only 10 broccoli spears per week. In this study, the researchers collected tissue samples over the course of the study and found that the men who ate broccoli showed hundreds of beneficial changes in genes known to play a role in fighting cancer.
Other researchers have looked at sulforaphane’s effect on breast cancer, and discovered that it hinders the growth of human breast cancer cells as well—at least in the laboratory. Here, they found that it does so by disrupting the action of protein microtubules within the cancer cells, which promote cell division and growth. Interestingly enough, certain cancer drugs also work in this manner. The upside of broccoli, of course, is that it doesn’t come with ANY of the side effects associated with synthetic drugs.
Another study showed that the isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables, which includes sulforaphane, have potent anti-myeloma (activities and may enhance the activity of other anti-multiple myeloma agents. Multiple myeloma is a fatal disease characterized by clonal proliferation of plasma cells in the bone marrow.
There are thousands of studies on PubMed.gov about sulforaphane, and it’s is one of the most promising natural compounds.
Back to the Mercola.com article here, it also wrote:
As stated earlier, about 10 broccoli spears per week has been shown to offer protection against prostate cancer, which isn’t a whole lot, but research14 has shown that fresh broccoli sprouts are FAR more potent, allowing you to eat far less in terms of quantity. This is also an excellent alternative if you don’t like the taste (or smell) of broccoli. In terms of research, even small quantities of broccoli sprout extracts have been shown to markedly reduce the size of rat mammary tumors that were induced by chemical carcinogens. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University15:
“Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.”
When compared to either broccoli or cauliflower, which also contains sulforaphane,16 three-day-old broccoli sprouts contain anywhere from 10 to 100 times higher levels of glucoraphanin, compared to the mature varieties. Best of all, you can grow broccoli sprouts at home quite easily and inexpensively. Another major benefit is that you don’t have to cook them. They are eaten raw, usually as an addition to salad.
Furthermore, if you opt for mature broccoli heads, it becomes more important to make sure you’re purchasing a variety of high potency.17 In tests, the chemoprotective abilities of samples from 22 varieties of fresh and seven brands of frozen mature broccoli varied greatly. Fresh broccoli sprouts, on the other hand, are far more uniform in their potency.
Here we can see broccoli sprouts are a far more efficient way to add the natural, potent Sulforaphane compound to your diet. Sulforaphane supplements are made from broccoli sprouts extracts which have been bread to have higher concentrations of the active compounds.
Also sulforaphane is known to work synergistically with a number of other plant compounds such as curcumin and quercertin. One of the main ways these powerful plant compounds exert their benefits is by activiating the Nrf2 cellular response pathway, which is the master regulator of the anti-oxidant and detoxification response. When this pathway is activated it also produced the enzymes need to synthesis your body’s master anti-oxidant and detoxifier, called glutathione, which is created from 3 amino acids, glutamine, glycine and cysteine. Of the 3 cysteine is the one which is in the most shortest supply.
A formula which contains all the factors, broccoli seed extracts and other potent plant extracts, along with the most advanced cysteine delivery technology is Max International’s Cellgevity product which has seen some very high profile doctors, such as Dr Don Colbert, author of the NY Times best selling ‘Toxic Relief’ praise it as the most powerful anti-again, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying supplement out there.
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