Cruciferous plants helpprevent breast cancer and atherosclerosis

Update: February 2019

A team of scientists from the University of Western Australia stated that
regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables
positive effect on the state of blood vessels and helps to prevent
atherosclerotic deposits on the walls of the carotid arteries. results
studies have already been published on the website of the American
cardiological association.

Vegetables are good for health – even a child knows this. Basis
Mediterranean diet, recognized as one of the most beneficial for
health are vegetables. Now scientists have established a relationship
between the development of atherosclerosis and the amount of vegetables in the diet.

Scientists surveyed Australian women in the age group
70 years or more. Women had to answer how often they
eat vegetables with different answers (never, 1 time per
week, 3 or more times a day, etc.). The form has been painted
specific vegetables:

  • cruciferous,
  • onions,
  • painted in bright colors
  • legumes and
  • greenery.

In parallel, medical studies were conducted: measurement
wall thickness of the carotid artery and surrounding areas.


  • Women who consume a large number of vegetables, thickness
    arterial wall was 0.05 mm smaller than those who rarely
    eats vegetables. This is a significant difference: a decrease in wall thickness
    a vessel of 0.1 mm reduces the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
    by 10-18%.
  • The most effective vegetables in the prevention of atherosclerosis
    were cruciferous. Every 10 grams eaten vegetables a day
    lead to a decrease in artery wall by 0.8%.
  • These studies were adjusted for lifestyle,
    risk factors, drug therapy and other dietary habits
    interviewed women.

The conclusion is clear: the frequent use of cruciferous –
effective measure of prevention of atherosclerosis.

To assert that the existence of this relationship is 100% reliable,
It is impossible, because the survey data is taken as the basis, not always
relevant to reality. But the information of scientists is another
confirmation that vegetables should form the basis of the diet.

The cruciferous family includes:

  • Arugula;
  • turnip greens;
  • turnip tops;
  • kohlrabi;
  • cabbage;
  • White cabbage;
  • Brussels sprouts;
  • cauliflower;
  • red cabbage;
  • radish;
  • broccolini;
  • Chinese cabbage;
  • turnip;
  • swede;
  • горчичная greenery.

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The American Cancer Research Association has published another
Cruciferous unique property – anti-cancer. In vegetables
contains the substance glucosinolate, giving a bitter taste.
When plant cells are destroyed during cutting or chewing,
the enzyme myrosinase converts glucosinates to isothiocyanates,
possessing powerful anti-cancer effect:

  • reduce the production of inflammatory molecules in the tissues of the tumor;
  • retard the growth of new blood vessels feeding
  • stop division in cells with damaged DNA;
  • block the transformation of carcinogens into the active form;
  • increase the formation of natural detoxification enzymes
  • protect DNA molecules from damage by carcinogens and free
  • promote programmed cancer cell death.

Substances have an anti-estrogenic effect. Proved that
The effects of estrogen increase the risk of breast cancer, and if present
hormones promote the spread of cancer cells. Isothiocyanates
change the metabolism of hormones, reduce the risk of breast cancer, and women
with the identified pathology help stop the progression
diseases. The data is confirmed in the five-year observation of
women with established breast cancer who are daily
consumed fresh cruciferous vegetables: reduced risk
death by 62% and reducing the risk of recurrence by 35%.

Cruciferous vegetables – an affordable and useful way to save
vascular health and protect yourself from cancer. The main thing – to use them
raw and chew thoroughly.

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