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Eat Your Broccoli and Soy, Ladies

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.

Join The Conversation
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
love them both so :woohoo:
SU3 SU3 10 years
I love broccoli - I just don't like the gas that it comes with! :smelly: :innocent: LOL But I've heard that artichokes are very high in fiber as well and don't cause the gas...
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
My family loves broccoli, and I do too.
apinkpony apinkpony 10 years
While soy is good for us, you should pay more attention to how you're eating it, and it what amounts. To see what I mean, there is a great article about benefits/problems with soy. Reputable source as well. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=154#answer
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Yay - I just had broccoli for dinner! Must check up on the soy though.
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