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“You’ve Got Cancer”
By Drs. Neal and Nicole Barry

Those three words can shake anyone to their core.  Fortunately, here’s another three-word phrase that’s equally important:  This Can Help.

Certain compounds in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, and bok choy may improve your odds of staying cancer free for a lifetime.  Cruciferous veggies are unique in that they contain compounds called sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol which enhance the body’s ability to detoxify cancer-causing chemicals.

Your body creates cancer cells every day.  Under healthy conditions, the emerging cancer cell realizes something has gone array and initiates a series of steps that encourage the cell to commit suicide, as to prevent it from becoming a danger to the rest of the body (Wikipedia: apoptosis).

However, some emerging cancer cells become very intelligent and, in their desire to survive and multiply, produce other chemicals that prevent the cell from committing suicide via programmed cell death.

So, how can we influence cancer cell replication?  Via several specific mechanisms, indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C) may disrupt the cancel cell’s attempt to bypass programmed cell death.  Studies show that I-3-C not only stops the growth of certain types of cancer cells, but also triggers them to undergo apoptosis.  Research suggests supplementation with i-3-c also reverses cervical dysplasia and vulvar intra-epithelial neoplasia (tumor), two precancerous conditions that occur in women, in a high percentage of cases.

I-3-C also helps prevent the buildup of the form of estrogen that is linked to breast and uterine cancers.  Research has discovered that when a women’s body makes more of one form of estrogen (16-OH esterone) and less of another form (2-OH esterone), her risk of reproductive organ cancer is greater.  I-3-C promotes the conversion of esterone to 2-OH esterone (the form that is safer and less potent), and reduces the buildup of the dangerous 16-OH esterone (guys…this is important in prostate cancer also, so you’re not off the hook). 

In order to derive optimal benefits from this important compound, you should consume broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts or some combination of cruciferous vegetable at least 4-5 times per week.  You should consider I-3-C supplementation to further optimize your cancer defenses on a daily basis.  Please feel free to ask us about nutritional concerns you may have and how the fuel that you consume can influence energy, inflammation, degeneration, etc.

1.  Dr. James Meschino, DC.  Foods That Fight Cancer.  To Your Health.  April, 2009-08-09

 

 

In This Issue:
"You've Got Cancer"
Breast Milk Protects against Asthma?
Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli, Water Chestnuts and Mushrooms

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