Veggie Compound for Radiation Therapy

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at Georgetown University say that the compound known as DIM found in in broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower could potentially help protect patients during cancer radiation therapy and protect individuals from the consequences of nuclear disaster.

    Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say a compound known as DIM, which is derived from cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, kept rats and mice safe from lethal doses of radiation.   They say DIM has already been shown to be safe for humans and may protect normal tissues during radiation therapy or lessen sickness typically brought on by radiation exposure.  Researchers say there could be two practical uses for DIM: 1. to protect patient’s normal tissues during radiation therapy for cancer and 2. to protect individuals from the consequences of nuclear disaster.