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Cabbage fights cancer

12th October 2006

20072006_cells1.jpgBreast cancer cells could be destroyed by cabbage, say researchers.

Scientists from the Medical Research Council have found that a compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) in green vegetables, such as cabbage and brussels sprouts, destroys cancer cells when used alongside traditional chemotherapy treatment.  The researchers have shown that I3C extracted cabbages could help to fight breast cancer.  They now hope to carry out their research on more patients to further develop their findings.

Health experts have long recommended eating a balanced diet, including fresh fruit and vegetables, to improve well-being and help prevent some cancers.  However, evidence is now emerging about the benefits of particular molecules in some green vegetables.  By exploiting these molecules in a concentrated form, supplements could be created to help traditional drugs work more effectively.

Speaking at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Birmingham, Professor Margaret Manson said I3C could help kill off breast cancer cells, or at least stop more developing. It does so by causing changes in the cells making them more susceptible cancer-fighting drugs.

The researchers suggest that adding the cabbage compound to chemotherapy treatment may mean that a lower dose of the traditional drugs can be given to the patient, whilst still having the same effect.

 

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