The anti-cancer medicine in broccoli (DIM nutrients) isn’t released until you chew them to combine two phytochemicals

April 10, 2012 – by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger & Editor of

Broccoli and related vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts naturally contain a chemical known as glucobrassicin. When these vegetables are crushed by chewing, a chemical reaction transforms glucobrassicin into indole-3-carbinol (I3C). In laboratory studies, I3C has been found to have tumor-suppressing effects, which may partially explain broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties.

But the story doesn’t end there: When broccoli is digested, two molecules of I3C combine to form a single molecule of 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM, like I3C, has been linked to cancer-fighting properties in laboratory studies, and also to immune-boosting effects. The I3C/DIM story provides a telling example of why eating healthy foods is always superior to taking extracts or other synthetic food-derived products.

The US Food and Drug Administration, however, continues to censor any truthful speech about the anti-cancer properties of foods like broccoli. Companies that manufacture or sell broccoli (or other anti-cancer foods) are routinely threatened with arrest, seizure of their products, and paying millions of dollars in fines and fees merely from telling the truth about how their health-enhancing foods can help prevent degenerative disease.

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what’s really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you’ll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.