A new study presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, shows that eating about 150 grams a day of broccoli or others cruciferous plants - such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, cabbage and turnip - is beneficial for women suffering from breast cancer, and offers additional protection against this disease.

Numerous previous investigations support the healthy properties of sulforaphane -An antioxidant substance that contains broccoli, which is related to the stimulation of the body's natural anti-tumor mechanisms, thus helping to prevent cancer, and is also considered to have a positive effect on the skin and prevents the aging premature skin

Women who ate 150 grams of broccoli or other cruciferous a day were 24% less likely to die from breast cancer, and were 19% less likely to have the disease recur.

Although this study is not the first to advocate the benefits of eating broccoli for breast cancer patients, it is one of the most extensive. The study involved around 5,000 Chinese women who had overcome breast cancer-diagnosed between 2002 and 2006-and who were between the ages of 20 and 75 years.

The researchers divided the patients into five groups, depending on the number of crucifers that included their diet and, after five years of follow-up, they found that the most vegetables of this type ingested -150 grams daily- were 24% less likely to die from breast cancer, and were 19% less likely that the cancer recurred, and up to 58% less likely to die from any other pathology , compared to the group with less cruciferous in their diet (54 grams daily).

The authors of the study also took into account the lifestyle of the participants in the study, as well as other factors that could interfere in the results, such as the age of the patient and the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis, the treatment that I had followed, if I practiced exercise, and other characteristics of their diet, among others.

The cancer specialist Aditya Bardia, from Massachusetts General Hospital from Boston, explains that the study does not show that broccoli consumption is solely responsible for these favorable results, because other factors, both dietary and related to the patients' lifestyle, may also be involved. in consideration that the diet own Asian countries is very different from the Western. However, the data deserve to be evaluated in future investigations, in order to determine to what extent the anticancer properties that these vegetables seem to depend on the amount and type of crucifer ingested.

Foods that Prevent Breast Cancer (November 2019).