Posts Tagged ‘broccoli’

Broccoli with enhanced anti-cancer benefits to be produced

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

food1_240x240_03marResearchers have found a way to produce broccoli that has more anti-cancer benefits and won’t spoil quickly in refrigerator.

Jack Juvik, a University of Illinois crop sciences researcher, explained that the combined application of two compounds, both are natural products extracted from plants, increased the presence of cancer-fighting agents in broccoli while prolonging the post-harvest storage period.

The researchers used methyl jasmonate (MeJA), a non-toxic plant-signal compound (produced naturally in plants) to increase the broccoli’s anti-cancer potential, which they sprayed on the broccoli about four days before harvest. When applied, MeJA initiates a process of gene activity affiliated with the biosynthesis of glucosinolates (GS), which are compounds found in the tissue of broccoli and other brassica vegetables (such as cauliflower, cabbage, and kale).

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‘Super broccoli’ can help fight chronic diseases

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Scientists have discovered that eating broccoli, packed with a health-boosting compound called ‘glucoraphanin’, helps maintain cellular processes that can cause deadly conditions like obesity and some cancers.

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich created the super-strength variety called Beneforte in 2010.

However, after further research it was found that the vegetable works to fight major diseases by helping people’s metabolism work well, the Daily Express reported.

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Source: ANI
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Broccoli may help women fight PMT

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Women who eat food rich in non-heme iron – found in plants food like Broccoli – are less likely to suffer from premenstrual tension (PMT), researchers have claimed.

They said that iron might be related to PMS as it is involved with the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood.

The researchers looked at the health of about 3,000 nurses, who they followed for 10 years.

At the start all the nurses said that they did suffer from PMT but by the end of the 10-year period, a third had been diagnosed with it and two-thirds had not.

When researchers at Massachusetts University and Harvard looked at their diets, they found a link between high consumption of non-heme iron and a lower chance of developing PMT, the Telegraph reported.

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Superfoods likelier to trigger cancer

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Fashionable superfoods and supplements do not prevent cancer but instead may cause it, according to a scientist.

James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, said that the cure for many cancers will remain elusive unless scientists rethink the role of antioxidants, which include vitamin pills and food such as blueberries and broccoli, the Daily Mail reported.

It is widely believed that they boost health and fight cancer by mopping up oxygen molecules called free radicals.

But Dr Watson argues that these may be key to preventing and treating cancer – and depleting the body of them may be counter-productive.

Free radicals not only help keep diseased cells under control, they are also pivotal in making many cancer drugs, as well as radiotherapy, effective, he said.

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Nutrients in broccoli not present in supplements

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The health benefits associated with eating broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables cannot be obtained via supplements, new research has found.

A key phytochemical in these vegetables is poorly absorbed and of far less value if taken as a supplement, the report said.

And not only do you need to eat the whole foods, you have to go easy on cooking them.

`The issue of whether important nutrients can be obtained through whole foods or with supplements is never simple,` said Emily Ho, an OSU associate professor in the OSU School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, and principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute.

`Some vitamins and nutrients, like the folic acid often recommended for pregnant women, are actually better-absorbed as a supplement than through food,` Ho said.

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