If you ever wanted to introduce more veggies to your diet, let this be your reason why.
Researchers from Harvard’s Medical School conducted a study and found that the compound indole-3-carbinol (I3C) delayed growth in tumors in a mouse model of prostate cancer.
It turns out that IC3 promotes PTEN, which is a tumor suppressor protein that is often decreased in human cancers.
When you eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and even bok choy, the compounds from the vegetables can boost PTEN, causing a tumor to shrink in size or not grow anymore.
It’s important to note that eating a bunch of broccoli will not automatically make tumors in your body disappear altogether, but scientists do believe they can take this information to figure out how they can use these vegetables, and the compounds inside them, to combat tumor growth.