There is also evidence to suggest that cruciferous
vegetables may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Phytochemicals, or bioactive food components, such as is flavones in soy foods and glucosinolates in cruciferous
vegetables may be the source of the benefit, the researchers said.
Whether the reduction in symptoms accounts for longtime use of soy and cruciferous
vegetables needs further investigation, says the study's senior author, Judy Huei-yu Wang, PhD, of Georgetown Lombardi's Cancer Prevention and Control Program.
Indeed, many of the 'healthy' vegetables such as cruciferous
vegetables are often disliked, especially by children, perhaps for their bitter taste.
Sulforaphane isn't actually present in cruciferous
The reason, researchers concluded, is that a necessary enzyme called myrosinase is missing from most of the supplement forms of glucosinolates, a valuable phytochemical in cruciferous
What would happen if they exposed frozen and blanched broccoli to tiny amounts of a related cruciferous
vegetable like daikon radish?
Whilst these are promising results, the fact that a concentrated purified form of sulforaphane was used in the lab means that they cannot be extrapolated to dietary consumption of cruciferous
While cauliflower is not a well-studied cruciferous
vegetable from a health standpoint, you will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, particularly with respect to the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Sulforaphane (SFN) is an isothiocyanate derived from cruciferous
vegetables such as broccoli and broccoli sprouts.
Basically, this study looked at total vegetable intake, total fruit intake, and cruciferous
vegetable intake in two large cohorts of Chinese subjects and found that high intakes of total vegetables, particularly the cruciferous
vegetables, were associated with a significantly reduced risk of death, particularly death due to cardiovascular disease," explains Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
The acquisition serves to strengthen Proyexis' pipeline of technologies for the functional and medical foods sectors, which now includes a plantain-derived extract for the treatment of Crohn's disease and work on an ingredient derived from cruciferous
vegetables for cardiovascular inflammation.