Broccoli benefits are once again wowing scientists! Broccoli (and its cruciferous friends) offer even more cancer-fighting properties than previously realized. This time the study comes out of research headed by Pier Paolo Pandolfi, the Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. This research focused on a cancer-suppressing gene called PTEN.
In short, PTEN is a cancer-suppressing gene that encodes a protein whose job it is to control cell growth. This makes PTEN an anti-cancer superhero! As you might imagine, cancer views this gene as a high priority target. To save themselves, cancer cells attempt to delete, mutate, or deactivate PTEN in some way.
Learn all the details of the broccoli benefits study here.
Keep it up, PTEN! Our ongoing gratitude goes to broccoli and friends! However, to aggressively attack cancer with PTEN a person would need to eat more than six pounds of broccoli daily. Scientists are currently looking into developing a concentrated pill-form. They are also assessing appropriate dosing protocols.
For over a decade, the healthful benefits of crucifers have been appreciated. In addition to broccoli, cruciferous veggies include bok choi, Brussel sprouts, arugula, cabbage, kale, watercress, and cauliflower. In a study done in 2007, researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that sulforaphane, a compound in these veggies, also shows strong anti-cancer properties. Broccoli sprouts are especially potent in these compounds.
Check out this South Dakota State University Research on Broccoli Benefits!
A very interesting site, Cancer Tutor champions another vegetable. Asparagus is the focus of Cancer Prevention Protocol #6. You are advised to cook, puree and enjoy 4 tablespoons of asparagus daily for cancer prevention.
The moral of this story is definitely “eat your veggies”! Your grandmother’s advice remains one of the greatest health maintenance plans of all time.
Plant-based diet and probiotics reduce anxiety!
On a related note, a very recent review of studies reported in Science Daily points toward a helpful link between a balanced gut microbiome and improvement of mental disorders. We have blogged on similar studies in the past. This particular body of research focused on anxiety. It examined how an improved, more plant-based diet and probiotics resulted in relieving anxiety symptoms.
We here at Vital Planet know that balancing gut bacteria through a healthy plant-based diet and probiotics has value far beyond happy digestive functions. We will certainly see more studies that appreciate how mental functions are tied to gut health.
Although perhaps more obvious in humans, more relaxed and improved behaviors also occur in our family pets as their digestion balances. Happy gut, happy life for the entire family!