Possible Anti-Carcinogenic Properties

Ingestion of sulforaphane as a supplement may benefit those who are fighting cancer. In a study[1] published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane was found to be a potent inducer of anticarcinogenic protective enzymes in mice tissues.

Sulforaphane has also been found to offer protection against tumour development in a paper[2] published in Cancer Letters. It was found that sulforaphane blocks carcinogenesis (formation of cancer cells) by blocking certain enzymes that convert procarcinogens, substances that aren’t carcinogenic on their own but can be converted into carcinogens..


  1. Zhang Y, Talalay P, Cho CG, Posner GH. A major inducer of anticarcinogenic protective enzymes from broccoli: isolation and elucidation of structure. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1992;89(6):2399–2403.

  2. Clarke JD, Dashwood RH, Ho E. Multi-targeted prevention of cancer by sulforaphane. Cancer Letters. 2008;269:291–304. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.04.018

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