By Robin Shreeves, MNN
We all know that adding foods rich in antioxidants to our diets is one way to give our bodies nutrients that may help fight off cancer. Berries, leafy greens and whole grains are some of the antioxidant-rich foods that should be regular parts of our diets.
Now researchers say they’ve another discovered possible anti-cancer substance, the allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) compound, a plant compound abundant in mustard, horseradish and wasabi. According to Environmental Health News, a study conducted on rats that were given mustard seed powder found the plant compound “stopped the growth of bladder cancer by one-third and completely prevented metastasis — the cancer invasion of surrounding muscle tissue.”
The study was not conclusive. It did not prove that the AITC compound could cure bladder cancer or prevent it from spreading, but the findings are encouraging enough for further study.
Think about the foods that contain the AITC compound — mustard, horseradish and wasabi. These foods add so much flavor to dishes while adding a minimal amount of fat, cholesterol or calories. Incorporating them into your diet is a good idea, even if you’re not counting on their possible anti-cancer properties.
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