‘I’m a doctor – here’s one food that could help fight cancer’

Research continues to deepen the understanding of how specific lifestyle decisions can influence your risk of developing cancer. Fortunately, healthy dietary choices could help to reduce your chances of developing the deadly condition.

A doctor has revealed a popular vegetable packed with a potent phytochemical that could do this with gusto. Dr Tim Tiutan, an oncology hospitalist who treats cancer patients, took to his TikTok to outline a phytochemical that could help fight cancer.

The doctor’s advice doesn’t involve any expensive, hard-to-find produce but just a simple broccoli. The expert shared the green vegetable is packed with a phytochemical, known as sulforaphane.

In the video’s description, Dr Tim penned: “[This phytochemical] was first extensively studied in the 1990’s by Dr. Jed Fahey at Johns Hopkins University. Given the compelling research suggesting its anti-carcinogenic properties, broccoli sales skyrocketed throughout the world at the time.”

The research uncovered that sulforaphane offers “strong” anti-cancer properties, especially in breast and colon cancer.

Dr Tim said: “Numerous in vitro (laboratory) studies have suggested why sulforaphane has its anti-carcinogenic properties.

“However, more studies (particularly human) are needed to further clarify its benefits.

“With that said, there is a robust amount of data supporting all the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables outside of cancer prevention as well.”

One research, published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, concluded it’s “worthwhile” to consume vegetables containing sulforaphane on a regular basis to promote general health and even cut your cancer risk.

Dr Tim offered a “pro tip” to ensure you’re getting enough of the potent compound. “Eat broccoli sprouts. They’re even richer in it.”

However, if you’re not a broccoli fan, the doctor explained that sulforaphane is also hidden in the likes of cabbage, kale and other cruciferous vegetables.

Furthermore, you can also purchase supplements with the strong anti-cancer phytochemical.

However, Dr Tim noted that bottled supplements containing sulforaphane have not been extensively studied and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Therefore, it’s better to opt for the goodie in its natural green form.

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