• Compound In Broccoli Kills Off Leukemia Cancer Cells

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    What if you could just eat broccoli to kill off Leukemia Cancer Cells.  Well, this is what happened with a recent study, that found 80% cure rate on Leukemia Cancer Cells. A compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and cruciferous vegetables has been shown to reduce the number of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells.

    The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage are near countless. Many of these vegetables are able to prevent obesity, protect against heart disease, and even prevent cancer. In one recent study, researchers with Baylor College of Medicine have found a compound from these valuable veggies can actually kill cancer cells.

    According to a press release from the university, researchers used a concentrated form of sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli that is believed to both prevent and treat cancer. They then used the concentrated formula on human-derived leukemia cancer cells.

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    “Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer of the white blood cells common in children. There is about an 80 percent cure rate, but some children don’t respond to treatment. For those cases, we are in need of alternative treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Lacorazza, assistant professor of pathology & immunology.

    When treated with the concentrated sulforaphane, the cancer cells died while health cells were     completely unaffected. Many other foods such as the turkey tail mushroom, turmeric, ginger, and grape seed extract have also been found to wipe out cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unaffected.

    “Sulforaphane is a natural product. However, what we used in this study is a concentrated purified form,” said Lacorazza. “So while eating cruciferous vegetables is good for you, it will not have the same effect as what we saw in the  lab.”

    Eating meals of broccoli may not kill cancer if you’ve already been diagnosed; that is true. However, this isn’t the first study to link sulforaphane with cancer treatment and prevention, suggesting the vegetables containing this important compound can play a crucial role in both prevention and treatment.

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    Read full article: http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/04/05/compound-in-broccoli-kills-leukemia-cancer-cells-leaves-healthy-cells-unaffacted/

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