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Broccoli, cabbage and cancer

  1. Broccoli is crushed by some and adored by others. Whenever lists of the 'healthiest vegetables' pop up, broccoli is invariably at number one. Broccoli is without a doubt one of the healthiest vegetables in the world, especially in the fight against cancer.


  1. You may already know what antioxidants are, namely substances that protect you against aggressive oxygen particles that can damage cells, resulting in cancer and premature aging. Less well known is that there is an important difference acts between direct and indirect antioxidants. Direct antioxidants, of which vitamins C and E are the best known, have the advantage of directly attacking and neutralizing the aggressive oxygen particles, but the disadvantage that they are only active for a very limited time and are lost themselves once they have done their 'fast' work .

Cancer protecting glucosinolates

  1. Source: Rasbak, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)


  1. Brassica oleracea var. botryris cymosa English: sprouting broccoli, calabrese French: chou broccoli, chou-fleur d'hiver

Nutritional value 100 grams of fresh broccoli

  1. 3 g carbohydrates 2 g of protein 65 mg of calcium 0.8 mg of iron 0.12 mg carotene 70 mg of vitamin C. 0.06 mg vitamin B1 0.13 mg vitamin B2

For further research

  1. Molecular targets and anticancer potential of indole-3-carbinol and its derivatives. Cell Cycle. 2005 Sep; 4 (9): 1201-15. Nestle M. Broccoli sprouts in cancer prevention. Nutr Rev 1998 Apr; 56 (4 Pt 1): 127-30 D.A. Morenoa, M. Carvajala, C. López-Berenguera and C. García-Viguera. Chemical and biological characterization of nutraceutical compounds of broccoli Traka M, Gasper AV et al., Broccoli consumption interacts with GSTM1 to perturb oncogenic signaling pathways in the prostate. PLoS ONE. 2008 Jul 2; 3 (7): e2568. Prospective Study of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Risk of Prostate Cancer - Kirsh et al. 99 (15): 1200 - JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute Diindolylmethane (DIM) Immune Activation Data Center - Nutritional Immunology - Immune System Boost

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