Broccoli Whacks Bacteria Linked to Gastric Cancer

A new study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research discovered eating just 2.5 ounces of broccoli each day helped reduce Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) a bacterium closely tied to stomach damage and gastric cancer. Broccoli sprouts provide sulforaphane, a known cancer-fighter, which acts as an antibiotic against H. pylori. The experiment involved 48 people infected with H. pylori with half the participants eating broccoli sprouts each day. The others ate alfalfa sprouts, which do not contain sulforaphane. After 8 weeks the broccoli group had significantly lower levels of H. pylori. No change was observed in the alfalfa group; HealthDay News reports.

Sulforaphane has also been linked to undoing cell damage associated with hyperglycaemia and diabetes, but all fruits and vegetables are health-protective, such reducing risk of colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer. Other research has revealed populations eating an additional 20% more cruciferous vegetables have 40% less cancer.

Last week, a report showed vitamin K, found in leafy greens like spinach and broccoli, had a lower risk of prostate cancer. Broccoli has also been shown to protect against respiratory inflammation.

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Peter - April 7, 2009 7:19 AM

Hail to King Broccoli! After supply was short recently broccoli is now becoming more reasonably price in my part of the world. I will take advantage.
The articles on broccoli's beneftis are numerous and the above article only confirms broccoli as one of the stars of the vegetable world.

Meghan at Making Love In The Kitchen - April 7, 2009 7:27 AM

Broccoli sprouts are a great way to get locally grown, chemical free broccoli benefits all year round and so very economical if you grow them yourself. Back in the fall I did a little how to sprout video to encourage people to start growing their own sprouts, It is so very simple:

McBloggenstein - April 7, 2009 8:32 AM

I bet you like this news, Gerry, as would any broccophile! :)

Do you steam yours? Any seasoning?

Steve - April 7, 2009 5:17 PM

Thanks to Meghan for the video. Plus it's nice to see more Canucks visit this site.


Michael - April 10, 2009 7:44 AM


How do you eat the sprouts? Blended into a salad, on a sandwich, etc? I've considered sprouting but I'm not really sure what to do with them.

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