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The order “Eat your broccoli!” was one most of us probably heard growing up. Mom’s explanation always boiled down to the fact that it was simply “good for you.” But now researchers at UCLA have discovered precisely why broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) and soy have been linked to preventing certain cancers.

The answer comes in the compound diindolylmethane, created through the digestion of broccoli, and the isoflavone genistein found in soy, both of which combat the replication of two proteins that help spread cancer cells in ovarian and breast tissue. Scientists are also studying the compounds’ effects on 23 other types of cancer.

These two compounds may make preventative and chemotherapy treatments for breast and ovarian cancers more effective, though additional testing is necessary. Encouraging news, for sure, but don’t expect ornery toddlers to start gobbling up broccoli any time soon.

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By Lindsey Galloway, Natural Solutions

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11:48AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Unfortunately, I actually hate it.

11:47AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I wished I liked broccoli...

11:46AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I wished I liked broccoli...

5:39AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:34AM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Interesting. Thanks!

4:33PM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

I was one of those 'uncool' students who did eat broccoli as a child, I still do too. Cauliflower is also one of my favourites. My allotment patch will hopefully yield a fair size crop later this year before the allotment closes down. Thank you for this articulé Megan. C'est delicioux!

7:38PM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

thanks for the great info... it encourages us all to eat better

1:20PM PST on Dec 27, 2009

I would imagine it need to be organically grown broccoli. Can't imagine if it has been sprayed with pesticides it can prevent cancer too well...

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