Study Finds Broccoli Sprouts have Ulcer & Stomach Cancer Prevention Potential

April 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)  — Humanity’s ongoing quest for health and long life has produced some unexpected and curious remedies, and now a new name can ascend to the register; Broccoli sprouts.

A study conducted in Tokyo selected 48 Japanese volunteers of both sexes, all known to suffer unusually high levels of a naturally occurring stomach enzyme called ‘Helicobacter-Pylori,’ long known as one of the most significant causes of intestinal cancers, and asked them to drink a Broccoli smoothie containing 2.5 ounces of the vegetable, every day for eight weeks, while another group did the same with alfalfa sprouts. At the end of the experiment the bacteria was reduced by 40% in the volunteers who ate Broccoli, but remained unchanged in the group who ate only Alfalfa.  Two months later, the levels in both were all back to normal.

The World Health Organization has classified Heliobacter as a carcinogen for decades, but finding ways to suppress it has so far proven an insuperable challenge as it seems to prosper and thrive in intestinal acids so potent, they would rival the battery that powers your car. But the need for a solution is clear: Roughly half the world’s population are currently suffering stomach ulcers that can be directly attributed to this virulent and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Jed Fahey, the head of the team at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore who conducted the study says the suppressive effects of Broccoli have been of interest to science for the last twenty years, but this was the first definitive proof of the effect in humans that anyone has been able to find. “Broccoli has recently entered the public awareness as a preventive dietary agent. This study supports the evidence that broccoli sprouts may be able to prevent cancer in humans, not just in rats,” Fahey said in a statement.

While the findings are clearly intriguing, the study was conducted as a “demonstration of principle,” and the research team were at pains to point out that eating sprouts did not cure existing infections, nor is there any suggestion that eating broccoli will protect against stomach cancer or resolve gastrointestinal illness. “We know that a dose of a couple ounces a day increases the levels of the body’s protective enzymes. What we don’t know is whether that can really prevent stomach cancer.” said Dr. Fahey, who admits to frequently eating the sprouts himself. “But the fact that the levels of infection and inflammation were reduced suggests the risks are probably smaller.”


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