(Ivanhoe Newswire) – People who carry the H. pylori bacteria in their
guts are at higher risk for stomach cancer.
Now a new study suggests an easy way to reduce that risk: eat broccoli
sprouts. In a study conducted among 48 men and women from Japan, Johns
Hopkins investigators found those who ate 70 grams of fresh broccoli sprouts
a day significantly reduced the H. pylori in their stomachs.
All of the participants tested positive for the bacteria. The researchers
then randomized them to either 70 grams of broccoli sprouts per day or a
similar amount of alfalfa sprouts. The subjects were retested for H. pylori
at four and eight weeks. By the final follow up, the broccoli sprouts had
done the trick. People who ate the alfalfa sprouts showed no change in the
degree of infection.
"Broccoli has recently entered the public awareness as a preventive dietary
agent. This study supports the emerging evidence that broccoli sprouts may
be able to prevent cancer in humans, not just in lab animals," study author
Jed Fahey, Sc.D., was quoted as saying.
Stomach cancer is currently the second most common cancer worldwide, and the
second deadliest form of the disease, so finding ways to prevent the
condition could have a major impact on public health.
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Research, published online April 6, 2009