May 25, 2016

Broccoli

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What other names is Broccoli known by?

Brassica Oleracea Italica Group, Brassica oleracea var. italica, Brocoli, Brócoli, Broccoli Flower, Calabrese, Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

What is Broccoli?

Broccoli is a vegetable. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Broccoli is used for preventing cancer of the prostate, breast, colon, bladder, and stomach. Some people also use it for boosting the effectiveness of the immune system.

Possibly Effective for...

  • High cholesterol. Drinking a beverage containing broccoli, cabbage, and fruit twice daily for 12 weeks seems to reduce "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bladder cancer. There is some evidence that eating 1.75 cups of broccoli or cabbage daily might lower the risk of developing bladder cancer by about 30%.
  • Breast cancer. There is some evidence that eating broccoli might modestly reduce younger women's risk of getting breast cancer. However, eating broccoli does not seem to help prevent breast cancer in older (postmenopausal) women.
  • Cancer of the colon and rectum. Some research suggests that eating broccoli might help prevent colorectal cancer.
  • Fibromyalgia. Early research suggests that taking ascorbigen and broccoli powder by mouth might reduce pain and other symptoms in people with fibromyalgia.
  • Prostate cancer. Some research suggests that eating broccoli and related vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage, might help to prevent prostate cancer. However, other research finds no link between eating these vegetables and lowering prostate cancer risk.
  • Stomach cancer. Some research suggests that eating broccoli might help to prevent stomach cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of broccoli for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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