Anti-Cancer Compound In Broccoli

by Medindia Content Team on  September 15, 2006 at 8:28 PM Research News
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Anti-Cancer Compound In Broccoli
New Zealand scientists have said that they have isolated a compound from vegetables, which has anti-cancer properties. Researchers at Christchurch School of Medicine said that they have isolated some compounds from the cruciferous family of vegetables, which can kill cancer cells resistant to other treatments.
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Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, watercress, bok choy, radishes, turnips, and kale belong to this family of vegetables. Team leader Mark Hampton said that a protein called Bcl-2 increased the resistance of cells and therefore prevented the normal cell-suicide process of cells.

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Cancer cells with a lot of Bcl-2, but compounds like isothiocyanates found in the cruciferous family make cancer cells more susceptible to treatment.

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