While vegetables have long been known to have antioxidant and other health benefits, researchers have recently discovered exactly how vegetables, including broccoli, can fight cancer.
For the first time ever, scientists uncovered a specific substance found in vegetables that may help block cancer-causing genes.
The study can be found in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
Experts believe this study will help provide new research and nutrition strategies to prevent and treat cancer.
Previous studies have shown that isothiocyanates (ITCs) have cancer-stopping principles. These ITCs can be found in cauliflower, broccoli, and other vegetables.
In nearly every form of cancer, tumor suppressor gene P53 is mutated. The gene normally prevents abnormal growth and works as a protector.
Vegetables are believed to be so effective because the ITCs may target this gene, removing mutated aspects of the gene.
Experts suggest that drugs can be formulated based on this information, creating potentially life-saving cancer treatments.