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Sulforaphane and Tumors

Last Updated: 03/26/18


  1. Topic Warning
  2. Definitions
  3. Research Results Details
  4. Other Conditions
  5. Source

Sulforaphane (SFN) Vegetables

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Sulforaphane (SFN) is an Isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables, such as; broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, savoy cabbage, red cabbage, kale, and horseradish. SFN has been shown to exhibit chemoprotective effects for various tumors, including those of the prostate, lung, breast and colon, in vitro and in vivo. [Massachusetts General Hospital, 2016]

A study was done with SFN, extracted from cruciferous vegetables, to learn chances of to determine effectiveness with Vestibular Schwannoma (VS) with results of reduction of tumor cells. Cells in tumors were noted to have a reduction in only 24 hours. Schwannoma on the Vestibular Nerve has otherwise been found to be more responsive to chemical treatments than Schwannoma in other regions of the body.

SFN, is also availablein pill form, does brand matter, which brand is better, what dose is safe or ideal for each brand, or is it better to get this in food?

1. Topic Warning

Many foods and herbal options taken in concentrated forms have been found to be more harmful than helpful.

2. Definitions

  • In Vitro Fertilization/Fertilization (IVF): is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro ("in glass").
  • In Vivo: (of a process) performed or taking place in a living organism.
  • Isothiocyanate: concentrated chemical component)
  • Chemoprotective Treatment: drugs which protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs, attacking only tumor cells.

3. Research Results Details

After 48 hours of incubation with SFN (10 µM), BrdU was used to assess proliferation in cells grown from three different primary human VS, compared to untreated control group. SFN substantially and significantly (p < 0.001) reduced BrdU incorporation by primary VS cells, consistent with an anti-proliferative effect. This inhibitory effect of SFN was confirmed using two different cell lines and a different assay. Specifically, human HEI-193 cells and mouse SC4 cells were treated with 5, 10, 15 or 25 µM of SFN or vehicle control (DMSO) for 48 hours, and cell viability was assessed using an MTT assay. SFN inhibited cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. [Massachusetts General Hospital, 2016]

4. Other Contitions

SFN is also on trial for:

  1. tumor control for Breast Cancer, Recurrent Prostate Cancer, and Cystic Fibrosis
  2. Glucose control for Type 2 Diabetes
  3. core symptoms of Autism

5. Source