New research continues to unlock the secrets of how foods (and nutritional supplements) influence every aspect of our physical and mental well being or lack there of. A quick example is the following: we have all been told that broccoli and the cruciferous vegetables help prevent cancer. But until now, we didn’t know how or why.
In an outstanding example of cellular rejuvenation, a study at Georgetown University and published in the British Journal of Cancer found that Indole-3-carbinol, a chemical in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage actually boost DNA repair in cells and may stop them from becoming cancerous.
This is a critical finding because DNA is the material inside the nucleus of cells that carries genetic information.
If we are genetically predisposed to cancer, could this mean that we can repair our cells and thus prevent cancer simply by eating broccoli? Tomorrow we will learn even more about this remarkable family of antioxidant vegetables.