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August 14, 2006

War paint plant 'tackles cancer'

Topics: Medicine

braveheart.jpgA plant that the Celts used to get blue dye for their war paint turns out to be a rich source of a compound that fights breast cancer:

Woad, which belongs to the same plant family as cauliflower and broccoli, contains high levels of the compound glucobrassicin.

The Italian team at Bologna University discovered woad contains 20 times more glucobrassicin than broccoli.

They were also able to boost its concentration by damaging the plant.

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Related: From cruciferous vegetables to glucobrassicin to indole-3-carbinol (I3C) to DIM (diindolylmethane) - a compound naturally present in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. It's DIM that is the most effective at clearing away the substances in your body that promote cancer growth. DIM works to defeat the mechanism that makes cancer cells grow: rogue steroids in the body.

DIM (diindolylmethane) is a compound naturally present in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. DIM may just be the key in cancer prevention.

When you eat a vegetable, like broccoli, your body breaks down the broccoli's nutrients. One compound in vegetables is particularly important. It is glucobrassicin. Glucobrassicin metabolizes into a valuable compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C).

I3C plays an active role in flushing your body of cancer-causing chemicals. But we need to take metabolism one step further to reach the ultimate power of DIM. I3C is naturally broken down in your digestive tract. The end result is DIM.


From cruciferous vegetables to glucobrassicin to indole-3-carbinol (I3C) to DIM (diindolylmethane) - a compound naturally present in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. It's DIM that is the most effective at clearing away the substances in your body that promote cancer growth. DIM works to defeat the mechanism that makes cancer cells grow: rogue steroids in the body. More...

Cross posted from NewHopeBlog.

Posted by Richard at August 14, 2006 4:32 PM



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