At the recent American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, new evidence highlighted the importance of cruciferous vegetables for breast cancer protection.
The cruciferous vegetable family:
The cruciferous family is unique among vegetables because of their glucosinolate content -- glucosinolates give cruciferous vegetables their characteristic spicy or bitter tastes; when the plant cell walls are broken by blending, chopping, or chewing, an enzyme called myrosinase converts glucosinolates to isothiocyanates (ITCs) -- compounds with potent anti-cancer effects, including:1
Anti-inflammatory effects -- ITCs have been found to decrease the secretion of inflammatory molecules.
Anti-angiogenic effects -- isothiocyanates can inhibit the development of new blood vessels to limit tumor growth.