Bean Sprouts Identified
as Potent Anti-tumor Agent
Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a flavonoid found in licorice, shallot, and bean sprouts, has been identified as a potent anti-tumor promoting agent. ISL reduces cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in DU145 human prostate cancer cells and MAT-LyLu (MLL) rat prostate cancer cells.
Recent research shows that in addition to being a superb source of nutrients, sprouts have important curative ability. Sprouts like alfalfa, radish, broccoli and clover contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that protect us against disease. Studies on canavanine, an amino acid analog in alfalfa, have demonstrated benefit for pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers. Alfalfa sprouts are one of our finest food sources of another compound, saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies prove their benefit in arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate