Eating broccoli may help women survive breast cancer
Research shows that women who eat more cruciferous vegetables have better survival odds
Cruciferous vegetables encompass broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage. A study was conducted on women in China and was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Nechuta, Xiao Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D. was the chief investigator in this study. She wanted to look at the role of cruciferous vegetables in breast cancer survival among women. This was a prospective study of 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed with all types of breast cancer, ranging from stage 1 to stage 4 between the years 2002 and 2006.
After analyzing all the data, the researchers found that a higher cruciferous vegetable intake during the first 36 months after breast cancer diagnosis was associated with the following:
- a reduced risk of dying from any cause,
- a reduced risk of dying from breast cancer and
- a reduced risk of the breast cancer coming back.
There was a dose dependent relationship; the more of these vegetables the women ate, the better their health turned out.
Cruciferous vegetables are high in beneficial plant compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. A lot of previous research has shown them to have protective effects against a range of different cancers. Vegetables are good for you for so many reasons. Please try to eat as wide a variety of vegetables each day as possible.
If you have an under active thyroid gland you can still eat cruciferous vegetables; just don’t eat them raw. When these vegetables are raw, the goitrogens they contain inhibit the ability of your thyroid gland to absorb iodine. This can worsen hypothyroidism and iodine deficiency. Cooking inactivates goitrogens.