As discovered by researchers at the Lining Pauling Institute of Oregan State University, Sulforaphane, a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts and bok choy has strong anti-cancerous properties.
The results have been more promising in broccoli sprouts. The tiny, thread-like broccoli sprouts that are available at regular stores contain more than fifty times, the amount of sulforaphane found in mature broccoli.
Though many cruciferous vegetables contain Sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts and broccoli are said to have the highest amount of the compound, which could play a major role in preventing prostate and colon cancer. These contain Histone deacetylase (HDAC) that are potentially believed to prevent cancer.
The researchers conclude that to reduce the risk of cancer, in particular colon or prostate cancer, increasing dietary intake of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables could be a good option. Considering the negative side effects that conventional drugs could have, broccoli consumption will not hurt.
According to researchers, the Sulforaphane compound present in broccoli may be the strongest anti-cancer fighters, ever found.