Recent research from Harvard has linked a compound found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables to one of the body’s most potent tumor-suppressing genes-PTEN!
The compound called indole-3 carbinol blocks an enzyme known to promote cancer called WWP1, freeing up PTEN to do it’s job.
“The researchers analyzed and created a computer model of WWP1’s physical structure, enabling them to search chemical libraries for a molecule that might bind to it and block its function. They discovered that a naturally occurring compound found in cruciferous vegetables — indole-3-carbinol, or I3C — did the trick, neutralizing the enzyme and restoring PTEN’s tumor-suppressing powers in lab mice engineered to develop prostate cancer.”
Scientists say it would be a chore to eat the dosage the mice got in the study (6 lbs per day), but the jokes on them because broccoli sprouts contain 100 times more IC3 than mature broccoli!!