Eating two handfuls of baby broccoli a day for two months can protect your from stomach cancer, a new study has found.
Fresh sprouts of the vegetable contain plenty of a natural biochemical called sulforaphane. This appears to trigger the production of enzymes in the gut that protect against DNA-damaging chemicals, and inflammation. Eating two and a half ounces of baby broccoli a day seemed to give some cancer protection, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research,
'We identified a food that, if eaten regularly, might potentially have an effect on the cause of a lot of gastric problems and perhaps even ultimately help prevent stomach cancer,' wrote Jed Fahey from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
It has long been known that sulforaphane is a potent antibiotic against Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer. But this is the first trial showing the effects of the compound on people.
In the study, an international team gave half the group a daily portion of broccoli sprouts and the rest alfalfa sprouts, which do not contain sulforaphane.