Apr 6, 2011

Can the Epigenetic Diet prevent cancer?

Earlier this year, research scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published study results showing that veggies such as broccoli and cabbage can help reverse or prevent cancers. The results were published in Journal of Clinical Epigenetics.

The medical term "Epigenetic" refers to the study of the changes in human gene expressions with time, changes that can cause cancer and Alzheimer’s (among other diseases).

In recent years, epigenetics research worldwide has identified specific foods that contain cancer-fighting compounds such as genistein (a phytochemical in soy foods) or resveratrol (an antioxidant in red grapes). Powerful epigenetics foods include:
  • Soy-based foods
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli and cabbage
  • Green tea
  • Fava beans
  • Kale
  • Red grapes
  • Turmeric (spice)
Based on these findings, a new "cancer-fighting" diet has emerged known as the Epigenetic Diet. Such a diet includes foods that can enhance a gene's natural defense mechanisms against cancer.

You can bet that someone is writing an Epigenetic Cookbook at this moment. But you don't need to wait for such a book. Just add more veggies to your diet, and make an effort to include cauliflower, broccoli, fava beans, and the others foods shown above.

Here's a short video in which the University of Alabama researchers discuss their findings:

Epigenetics diet can help prevent cancer from uabnews on Vimeo.

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