|Definition:||Phytochemicals are non-nutritive compounds found in plants
that have potential disease-inhibiting capabilities. Phytochemicals give
plants their color and fragrance and may also protect the plant against
certain fungal or bacterial infections. Today, phytochemicals are
undergoing intensive research as anticarcinogenic compounds. For
anyone who has trouble eating ample amounts of vegetables, taking
certain phytochemicals in supplement form is highly recommended.
|Indoles||a certain phytochemical found in cabbage, broccoli, and
Brussels sprouts¨may offer protection against certain types of cancer.
Research strongly suggests that these particular phytochemicals may
be extremely beneficial. For example, studies have found that indoles
have the ability to block estrogen receptor sites in breast tissue.
(Estrogen stimulation of the breast has been linked with tumor growth
in some women.) In addition, there is some data which suggests that
indoles actually inhibit the secretion of estrogen. Indoles may offer
significant protection against breast and other types of hormone-linked
cancers. They can now be taken in supplement form. Anyone at high
risk for breast cancer should take indole supplements.
|Isoflavones||found in soybeans and soy by-products, may lower the
incidence of breast and prostate cancer