New Research on Vegetables and Pregnant Women

Pregnant women who eat a diet rich in broccoli and cabbage could help protect their unborn child from developing cancer later in life.

The research is still very preliminary, but doctors say a phyto-chemical found in such vegetables was able to protect mice against leukemia, lymphoma and even against lung cancer in middle age.

When pregnant mice were exposed to a potent carcinogen, 80 percent of their offspring died early in life from lymphoma.

For those exposed mice, which were also given a phyto-chemical, deaths from lymphoma were cut in half in the babies.

Vegetables rich in phyto-chemicals include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes, turnips and other greens.


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