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Broccoli Bomber

posted on December 7, 2001

All this and cancer fighting potential too?

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists have developed a strain of broccoli that may stop some cancers in their tracks.

Broccoli heads and sprouts, grown experimentally to contain three times the recommended daily dose for humans, were fed to rats. The enriched broccoli was easier for the test animals to absorb. The result was a significant reduction in cancerous tumors and lesions.

Though the high-selenium strain of broccoli is not yet commercially available, researchers agree that the fuzzy green plant already contains several cancer-fighting compounds.

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