When it comes to living a healthy life, nutrition can be as important as any actual medical therapy course. A combined team from Imperial College London and The Francis Crick Institute detailed the benefits certain plants can have in preventing cancer.
Natural diets are known to promote healthy lives, but the actual mechanisms are not very well researched. An article published in one of the leading online medical publications explored the effect vegetables from the Brassica genus can have on the colon. Their tests suggest that some vegetables, like cabbage, kale, broccoli, are particularly effective in controlling colon inflammation and offer some protection in preventing cancer.
The whole process seems to be linked to the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), which acts like a sensor and moderates the activity of immune cells. This indole-3-carbinol (I3C) rich diet stimulates AhR, leading to the development of fewer tumors, and most of them benign.
“Dietary supplementation with AHR ligands also worked in a therapeutic setting after the onset of tumorigenesis, resulting in significantly reduced numbers of tumors with a more benign phenotype.”
While this study does not mention the exact quantities, a previous paper was claiming that the threshold would be the equivalent of around three and a half cups of broccoli, not really a realistic solution for most people. It is hoped that by synthesizing a drug based on I3C to promote intestinal flora and the immune system, would result in the prevention of a number of diseases, including cancer.
In the meantime, if you want to stay healthy, better make sure to eat those greens.