Broccoli

18/Description

About

Broccoli is a vegetable. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Broccoli is used for preventing cancer of the prostate, breast, colon, bladder, and stomach. Some people also use it for boosting the effectiveness of the immune system.

How it works

Chemicals in broccoli might have cancer-preventing and antioxidant effects.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
High cholesterol

Drinking a beverage containing broccoli, cabbage, and fruit twice daily for 12 weeks seems to reduce "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.

Concerns

Likely safe

Broccoli is LIKELY SAFE in the small amounts found in a normal diet. There's not enough information to know if broccoli is safe when taken in larger medicinal amounts.When applied to the skin, broccoli can cause an allergic rash in hypersensitive people.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Broccoli isLIKELY SAFEforpregnantand breast-feeding women infoodamounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.Are there any interactions with medications?

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2A6 (CYP2A6) substrates)

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Broccoli might increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking broccoli along with some medications that are changed by the liver might decrease the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking broccoli as a medicine, talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some of these medications that are changed by the liver include clozapine (Clozaril), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), fluvoxamine (Luvox), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), mexiletine (Mexitil), olanzapine (Zyprexa), pentazocine (Talwin), propranolol (Inderal), tacrine (Cognex), theophylline, zileuton (Zyflo), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others.Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Broccoli might increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking broccoli along with some medications that are changed by the liver might decrease the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking broccoli as a medicine, talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.Some of these medications that are changed by the liver include nicotine, chlormethiazole (Heminevrin), coumarin, methoxyflurane (Penthrox), halothane (Fluothane), valproic acid (Depacon), disulfiram (Antabuse), and others.

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