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Eat Broccoli, Beat Bacteria: Plant compound kills microbe behind ulcers and a cancer

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12:19pm, May 29, 2002

A chemical that's abundant in broccoli and certain other vegetables kills ulcer-causing bacteria in the laboratory and inhibits stomach cancer in mice, according to new research. The findings suggest that adding more of the right plants to the diets of people infected with Helicobacter pylori might take a bite out of several stomach disorders.

Among the most prevalent of pathogens in people, H. pylori has been implicated in the development of inflammation, ulcers, and cancers of the stomach (SN: 12/16/00, p. 389: Antibiotics, vitamins stall stomach cancer).

Poor sanitation abets the spread of the bacteria, which infect 70 to 90 percent of the population in some Asian, African, and South American countries.

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