We know that eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables is good for your health. In particular the crucifer vegetables -- broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and turnip greens -- have been suggested to help prevent diseases such as heart disease and colon cancer. Now, prostate cancer can be added to the list.
Researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto studied more than 29,000 healthy U.S. men aged 55 to 74 for an average of four years. During the study 1,338 were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 520 with aggressive prostate cancer. The men who reported eating cauliflower more than once per week were 52 percent less likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men who reported eating cauliflower less than once a month. Men who reported eating broccoli more than once per week were 45 percent less likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men who reported eating broccoli less than once a month.
Even though researchers can't guarantee eating crucifer vegetables will prevent aggressive prostate cancer, they do know that crucifers contain compounds that protect the DNA of cells and are beneficial to our overall health.
For more information on this research, go to: Web MD.
Article published on August 14, 2007.