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Bioactive Ingredients In Vegetables And Other Foods Can Prevent Cancer

March 7, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers present evidence in a review article that certain foods contain bioactive ingredients that regulate molecular targets involved in the onset of cancer. Over time, changes in human gene expressions – known as epigenetic changes – can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. But the good news is the changes are often reversible, and foods rich in bioactive ingredients bring about those reversals. Among the beneficial ingredients in ther "epigenetic diet" are curcumin (turmeric), genistein (soybean), tea polyphenols (green tea), resveratrol (grapes), and sulforaphane (cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage). According to the researchers, “bioactive components and their epigenetic targets are associated with cancer prevention and therapy which should facilitate novel drug discovery and development.”
Syed M. Meeran, Amiya Ahmed and Trygve O. Tollefsbol, "Epigenetic targets of bioactive dietary components for cancer prevention and therapy", Clinical Epigenetics, March 07, 2011, © Springer
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