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Study shows compound in broccoli may lower risk of prostate cancer

Studies in recent years have shown that eating broccoli seems to lower the risk of prostate cancer. Now a new study from Stanford University Medical Center points to a possible secret ingredient -- the compound sulforaphane.

James D. Brooks, MD, assistant professor of urology, and colleagues conducted a study in which they found that sulforaphane, a compound abundant in broccoli, appears to increase enzymes that buttress cellular defenses against prostate cancer. The enzymes seem to protect against prostate cancer by deactivating cancer-causing chemicals, such as DDT, that infiltrate the body. Sulforophane belongs to a class of food compounds known as phytochemicals, which are active substances that are components of plants.

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