A new
published in the journal Nature indicates that eating
certain vegetables can repair damaged DNA. Previous studies have
found nutrients that can help prevent cancer, but this research
shows that certain vegetables can actually reverse cell damage that
has already occurred. Laboratory tests revealed that a compound
called indole-3-carinol (I3C), found in broccoli, cauliflower and
cabbage, can increase two specific protein levels that repair damaged
DNA. "It is now clear that the function of crucial cancer genes
can be influenced by compounds in the things we eat," said
Eliot M. Rosen, MD, PhD.
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