Diindolylmethane found in vegetables and soy slow cancer cell growth

Two naturally occurring compounds from vegetables and soy slowed the spread of cancer cells in a new test-tube study. Researchers exposed breast and ovarian cancer cells to diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound that results from digesting vegetables such as broccoli and genistein, a soy isoflavone, and found that the compounds reduced the spread of cancer from cell to cell (metastasis) by 80% compared to cells that were not exposed. The doctors reported similar results using DIM and genistein on melanoma and prostate cancer cells, and noted that the amounts of the compounds are probably similar to high-dose supplements. DIM is also available as a supplement.

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