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YOUR MOTHER always told you
to eat your veggies. Boy, was she smart. Nature is smart
too. We have plenty of foods and plants that contain
medicinal compounds that squash many diseases. Broccoli, for
instance, is loaded with a substance that’s especially
deadly to cancer cells. That’s why the broccoli family tops
the list of vegetables that prevent cancer.
But given all the known carcinogens in our modern world, you’d have
to eat plate after plate of the stuff to counteract the increased
risks. That’s impossible.
going to love this good news: Scientists have identified the
compound in broccoli that KOs many types of cancer cells on contact.
Its name is indole-3-
carbinol (I-3-C for short). And
they’ve been able to extract it from the broccoli plant and
concentrate it into an easy-to-take pill.
Eating a vegetarian
diet can almost halve the risk of developing cancer, research
A study of more than 61,000 individuals aged
between 20 and 89 found those who did not eat meat reduced overall
incidence of the disease by 12 per cent.
But the most striking
difference was in cancers of the blood, including leukaemia and
non-Hodgkin lymphoma with 45 per cent fewer cases among the
Research suggests there are 45 per
cent fewer cases of leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma among
Tumours of the stomach and bladder were also
significantly less frequent in this group.
Professor Tim Key,
a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist at the University of Oxford,
said: 'Over a lifetime about one in three people will be diagnosed
with cancer. So if 33 people in every hundred get cancer this would
come down to about 29 with everyone following a vegetarian diet,
which is 12 per cent lower.'
However, Mr Key said the
findings were not yet strong enough to advise the public to make
dramatic changes to the way they eat as long as they are following
an 'average balanced diet'.
Although it is widely recommended
we eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to reduce their
risk of cancer and other diseases, there is little evidence looking
specifically at a vegetarian diet.
Mr Key, whose findings are
published in the British Journal of Cancer, added: 'More research is
needed to substantiate these results and to look for reasons for the
His team followed the participants, just over
half of whom were meat eaters, for more than 12 years during which
time 3,350 were diagnosed with cancer. They looked at the rates of
cancer among the vegetarians, and then compared them with those of
the meat eaters.
Mr Key said: 'Our study looking at cancer
risk in vegetarians found the likelihood of people developing some
cancers is lower among vegetarians than among people who eat meat.
'In terms of what explains this we have to look at what other
research is going on. For stomach cancer there is already quite alot
of evidence that high intake of food such as processed meat may
'Obviously, vegetarians who are not eating
meat would not have that risk factor. It could be something about
being a vegetarian that is protective, or alternatively it could be
something about meat actually increasing the risk.'
Taylor, of the Vegetarian Society, said: 'This latest research adds
to a growing body of evidence that vegetarians are less likely to
'It could be they are simply more likely to stick
to the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day,
thereby eating more roughage, or it could be more complicated than