broccoli-skin-cancer.jpg A compound, called sulphoraphane, made of broccoli sprouts may help in the prevention of skin cancer. This was found in a study led by Paul Talalay, a Johns Hopkins University molecular pharmacologist. According to him, this compound penetrates skin cells and stimulates their natural cancer-fighting mechanism. However, calling the research promising, observers voice the need for further research. The results of the study have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Highlights of the study
a. Researchers applied the extract of broccoli sprouts on the skin of 6 volunteers for 3 days.
b. All the participants were exposed to high doses of ultraviolet radiation, which is known to cause skin cancer.
c. It was noticed that participants experienced, on an average, a 37 per cent less redness and sunburn, which are indications of skin cancer, in areas where broccoli extract was applied.
d. However, results varied considerably, ranging from a low of eight per cent to a high of 78 per cent protection against sunburn.