Veggies prevent cancer through key protein

By Linda Wang, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

Broccoli, cauliflower, and some of their relatives contain compounds that somehow boost the body's defenses against DNA damage and cancer. Now, an international team of researchers has identified a crucial protein that helps these veggies exert their protective effect.

In earlier studies, researchers fed mice a diet rich in sulforaphane, a compound abundant in some vegetables of the genus Brassica. The animals produced increased quantities of so-called phase-2 enzymes, which mop up free radic...

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