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Broccoli may help to control liver cancer risk

A recent research has shown that broccoli can reduce risk of liver cancer and also prevent liver to get fatty.

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Publish Date: Mar 4 2016 1:59PM | Updated Date: Mar 4 2016 1:59PM

Broccoli may help to control liver cancer risk

 You may think to including broccoli in your diet after reading this.

 
A recent research has shown that broccoli can reduce risk of liver cancer and also prevent liver to get fatty.
 
As, its consumption had earlier been linked to reducing risk of some cancers, researchers at the Illinois University, decided to check, whether there was a link between the vegetable and liver cancer and fatty liver, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 
 
One of researchers Elizabeth Jeffery felt majority of population in the U.S. eats a diet high in saturated fats and added sugars. But, both of these are stored in the liver and can be transformed to body fat. 
 
Taking high-fat, high-sugar diet and having extra body fat is related with the development of NAFLD, which can lead to diseases like liver cancer.
 
The team decided to study the impact of feeding broccoli to mice with a known liver cancer-causing carcinogen. Therefore they studied four groups of mice; some of which were on a control diet or the Westernised diet and some were given or not given the vegetable.
 
Research showed that in mice on the Westernised diet both number of cancer nodules and size of the cancer nodules increased in the liver. But after broccoli was added in the diet, the number of nodules reduced. There was no effect on size.