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.
How does it work?
Chemicals in broccoli might have cancer-preventing and antioxidant effects.
- Preventing prostate cancer. Some research suggests that eating broccoli and related vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage might help to prevent prostate cancer. But other research finds no connection between eating these vegetables and lowering prostate cancer risk.
- Preventing 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.
- Preventing cancer of the colon and rectum. Some research suggests that eating broccoli might help prevent colorectal cancer.
- Preventing 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%.
- Preventing stomach cancer. Some research suggests that eating broccoli might help to prevent stomach cancer.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Broccoli is safe in the small amounts found in a normal diet. There's not enough information to know if broccoli is safe when taken in larger medicinal amounts.
When applied to the skin, broccoli can cause an allergic rash in hypersensitive people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Broccoli is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.
The appropriate dose of broccoli depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for broccoli. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.