Vegetables That Prevent and Cure Cancer

A natural compound, diindolylmethane (DIM), found in vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, turnips and mustard greens can not only prevent cancer, but may be able to cure it as well.

Researchers began the study by considering compounds that protect a person from developing cancer. The research team looked at how the compounds block cancer cell growth and found that the compounds target PPAR gamma, a protein that is highly active in fat cells. Researchers concluded that a chemically modified version of natural DIM could target the PPAR gamma and stop the growth of cancer.

Researchers have found that not only could DIM prevent cancers but it could also treat them, leading to a patent for new use of derivatives of DIM to treat cancer. Researchers knew that DIM was shown to prevent cancer and developed several more analogs. Researchers found that the treatment stopped the tumor growth in mice. However, future studies need to be conducted in humans in order to see if it is beneficial.

DIM is commercially available as a natural supplement for cancer prevention and for treating estrogen-related health issues, however researchers say their chemically altered DIM is even more potent against tumors.

Science Daily January 6, 2004

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Last year I posted an article that explained that broccoli, cabbage, turnips and mustard greens were useful for preventing cancer. It is also important to know that organic vegetables are better for preventing cancer. They have fewer nitrates, which can actually cause cancer.

If it is available to you, I highly recommend buying organic produce. Eating organic means you are eating food that has not been sprayed with synthetic herbicides and pesticides, and organic produce typically has more antioxidants and nutrients.

However, it is very important that one learns what metabolic type they are because certain vegetables are better for certain nutritional types. For instance, I am a protein metabolic type and broccoli pushes my biochemistry in an unhealthy direction, so knowing what type I am helps me to avoid certain vegetables. However, the DIM found in broccoli is also in other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, which happens to be good for protein types.

For those who are in parts of the country where organically grown food is not available or is very difficult to obtain, do the best you can with the food that is available to you--non-organic vegetables are much healthier than no vegetables at all.

One of the major benefits of vegetables for your metabolic type is that they provide raw bioenergetic fields and normalization of one's pH. Those fields and pH capacities are only slightly modified if the vegetables are non-organic.

Also, if you are relatively healthy your liver will be able to easily detoxify the pesticide residues in non-organic vegetables. It is certainly better for it not to be there, but, again, the benefits far outweigh the risk. So, ideally organic vegetables are best, but if they are not available to you then non-organic vegetables will certainly be beneficial.

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