What's broccoli's latest health claim to fame? The cruciferous vegetable may help prevent oral cancer, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). Sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract has shown promising anticarcinogenic efects in both mice and a small group of humans. Researchers are touting broccoli's glucosinolates as a potential cancer-ighting agent since this group of substances forms biologically active compounds such as sulforaphane once broken down in the body. Researchers found that sulforaphane in particular may help inhibit tumour formation.
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A human clinical trial is set to take place later this year among those who are at high risk for head and neck cancer recurrence. And, since all cruciferous veggies are rich in glucosinolates, cabbage and caulilower may have similar anticancer beneits as well.