7th December, 2011
Professor Lynn Ferguson (leader Nutrigenomices New Zealand) and Dr Ralf Schlothauer (Chief Technical Officer, Comvita)have co-authored a review on â€œThe potential role of nutritional genomics tools in validating high health foods for cancer control: broccoli as an exampleâ€. The review covers the wide range of evidence that brassica greens, especially broccoli, can reduce the risk of cancer. People with a common genetic variant which slows breakdown of the characteristic brassica compounds, the isothiocyanates, may be better protected from cancer. However, broccoli contains a wide range of beneficial compounds which can interact with various biological pathways, so purified compounds are not the answer. Instead the authors advocate using whole broccoli or unrefined extracts in further short term trials to show health benefits, using biomarkers and other nutrigenomics tests.
The review is available from the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 2012 DOI 10.1002 /mnfr.201100507