[PHNUTR-L] Chemical in cruciferous foods could help repair DNA,
prevents cancer- study
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com
Tue Feb 14 07:15:18 PST 2006
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Chemical in cruciferous foods could help repair DNA, prevents cancer- study
Feb 14,2006-Study finds that a chemical called indol-3-carbonol (I3C)
which occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables boosts the activity of
two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which then work to detect and repair damaged
14/02/06 A Georgetown University study published this week in the latest
issue of the British Journal of Cancer expands upon many other cancer
studies by identifying and describing the cellular process which gives
cruciferous foods, like cabbage and sauerkraut, a strong cancer-fighting
response in the human body.
The study found that a chemical called indol-3-carbonol (I3C) which
occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower,
cabbage, and sauerkraut, boosts the activity of two genes, BRCA1 and
BRCA2, which then work to detect and repair damaged DNA. Because damaged
DNA can lead cells to become cancerous, eating foods that repair DNA,
like sauerkraut, may lower the risk of cancer development.
"There have been many studies over the past few years, including studies
done at the University of Illinois and the University of New Mexico,
which show that eating sauerkraut can lower the risks of cancer by as
much as 74 percent," said Ryan Downs, the co-owner of the Great Lakes
Kraut Company -- the world's largest producer of naturally fermented
sauerkraut. "But the Georgetown study is unique because it actually
explains how the process works."
And according to Downs, naturally fermented sauerkraut may be even
stronger in fighting cancer than raw cruciferous vegetables. A Finnish
study completed in 2002 found the fermentation process that turns
cabbage into sauerkraut breaks down the cancer-fighting chemicals in
cabbage into simpler substances, which are even easier for the body to use.
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