Parents often tell their children “Eat your broccoli,” and they may now have scientific support for this advice.

In fact, an increased consumption of broccoli and crunchy veggies has been linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer–the second most frequently diagnosed cancer among men.

Here’s what you need to know about this super-food, and how its disease-fighting properties could revolutionize the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Can Consuming Broccoli Really Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Recently, a dietary compound in broccoli called sulforaphane has been associated with prevention of prostate cancer. This finding could significantly impact new ways to use diet, food, and drugs to suppress or control cancer.

What Is RNA?

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is responsible for converting the information stored in DNA into proteins. It also plays an important role in the coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes.

What Are lncRNAs and How Do They Affect Cancer?

lncRNAs are molecules that can impact which genes are activated and how they are expressed. They can lead to diseases, such as cancer, when they are not properly regulated and may be able to provide insight into how cancer is triggered and spread.

Additionally, lncRNAs are highly cell and tissue specific. Therefore, scientists could develop treatments to control them that would target malignant cells and leave healthy cells unharmed.

What Does the Use of Dietary Compounds Mean for Cancer Prevention and Treatment?

LINC01116 is an lncRNA that was identified to be overexpressed in prostate cancer. Researchers found that treatment with sulforaphane decreased levels of LINC01116, and researchers also noted a reduction in colonization of prostate cancer cells.

High levels of LINC01116 have also been observed in brain, lung, and colon cancer, therefore determining how to regulate its expression with dietary compounds could have far-reaching effects. It could help cancer prevention, progression, and invasion.

For additional information about dietary compounds and cancer, please call Gentle Wellness today to schedule a consultation.