We all know that broccoli and soy are good for us, but how good are they? These magic foods have been linked to lower cancer rates, and now researchers at The University of California may have discovered why.
I'm not quite sure how they did this, but using cells in a petri dish, researchers found that diindolymethane (DIM), a compound resulting from the digestion of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and genistein, an isoflavone in soy, both reduce the production of two proteins needed for breast and ovarian cancers to spread.
These two compounds are thought to slow or prevent the spread of breast and ovarian cancer to other parts of the body, so current treatments would be more effective. Isn't that amazing? This theory will next be tested on mice, and hopefully will be successful.
The amount of DIM and genistein used in this study is probably comparable to high doses of supplements, and is likely not achievable through consumption of food alone (you'd have to eat a ton of broccoli and tofu).
Fit's Tips: Who knows - down the road cancer preventing drugs may be made from broccoli and soy, so for now, it can't hurt to get your fill of these two healthy foods.