Sulforaphane halts breast cancer cell growth

Drug Discov Today. 2004 Nov 1;9(21):908. doi: 10.1016/S1359-6446(04)03267-2.


Sulforaphane is a chemical found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, sprouts and kale. This compound is a potent inducer of protective enzymes that provide defense against cancer-causing chemicals. Researchers have discovered that sulforaphane can halt human breast cancer cells in their tracks and have identified a new mechanism of action for the compound.

Publication types

  • News

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Breast Neoplasms / diet therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Growth Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Isothiocyanates
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Sulfoxides
  • Thiocyanates / therapeutic use*


  • Growth Inhibitors
  • Isothiocyanates
  • Sulfoxides
  • Thiocyanates
  • sulforaphane