The Benefits of Broccoli - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/02

The Benefits of Broccoli

So you say, "I can eat broccoli every once in a while, but don't make me eat it every day."

Well, you'll be glad to hear that scientists have developed a synthetic version of broccoli they say could be packaged in a pill to help fight cancer. The so-called broccoli pill is actually a compound called Oxomate, and it works like a natural cancer fighting counterpart found in broccoli, brocco-sprouts, and cabbage.

Lab and animal studies show that Oxomate can help prevent cancer by boosting the bodies production of enzymes which help detoxify the chemicals that cause cancer. According to researchers at the University of Illinois, if human studies confirm the chemical's cancer fighting power, we could see the power of a plate of broccoli packed into a pill.

Researchers say it will take at least five years before their pill is ready to hit the market. There are products like teas and brocco-sprouts that contain the natural cancer fighting compound. Researchers say a synthetic version will enable them to better control quality and dosing. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois in Chicago and are being presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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