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Anti-Cancer Effects of Broccoli Ingredient Explained

(Science Daily) Light has been cast on the interaction between broccoli consumption and reduced prostate cancer risk. Researchers …have found that sulforaphane [SF], a chemical found in broccoli, interacts with cells lacking a gene called PTEN to reduce the chances of prostate cancer developing…

The research team found that in cells which express PTEN, dietary intervention with SF has no effect on the development of cancer. In cells that don't express the gene, however, sulforaphane causes them to become less competitive, providing an explanation of how consuming broccoli can reduce the risk of prostate cancer incidence and progression.

According to [researchers], "This also suggests potential therapeutic applications of sulforaphane and related compounds."

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