Broccoli to the rescue
As a part of the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, scientists examined whether women who ate cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, watercress, rocket etc) before being diagnosed with lung cancer had better survival chances.
The analysis showed that high cruciferous vegetables intake was significantly associated with higher lung cancer survival – women with the highest intake (over 100g per day) were 31 per cent more likely to recover than women who ate the least. And the survival rates were even better for women who never smoked and ate even more cruciferous vegetables – they were 42 per cent more likely to recover.
The reason why cruciferous vegetables might offer extra protection from cancer is their naturally occurring substances called glucosinolates, which are turned into several compounds in the body known to inhibit cancer growth.