(NaturalPath) According to a study out of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, regular consumption of broccoli may offer protection against liver cancer. Scientists have reported that eating the vegetable three to five times per week can lower the risk of many types of cancer including breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Now, add liver cancer to that list. The new study notes that broccoli in the diet may protect against liver cancer, as well as aid in countering the development of fatty liver or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can cause malfunction of the liver and lead to hepatocellular carcinoma, a liver cancer with a high mortality rate.
“The normal story about broccoli and health is that it can protect against a number of different cancer. But nobody had looked at liver cancer,” said one researcher. “We decided that liver cancer needed to be studied particularly because of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. It is already in the literature that obesity enhances the risk for liver cancer and this is particularly true of men. They have almost a five-fold great risk for liver cancer if they are obese.”
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