A recently conducted study has revealed that regular consumption of broccoli may help treat breast cancer.
According to www.consumeraffairs.com, the component sulforaphane found in broccoli has been found to be effective in fighting breast cancer and encouraging the growth of stem cells.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The scientists performed an experiment on mice who had breast cancer tumors. These were given sulforaphane injections in varying concentrations obtained from extracts of broccoli.
It was found that the component helped reduce the number of cancer causing stem cells to a considerable extent while causing minimal effect to normal cells.
As reported by www.newslocale.org, the findings, which were published in the Clinical Cancer Research journal, revealed that the broccoli component also cuts down the growth of tumors in the body. This has prompted researchers to think about the potential development of a new cancer treatment.
“This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells. Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes”, explained lead researcher Dr Max S. Wicha.