Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC)

library / Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC)

Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) is a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables.

Recent research shows PEITC can help inhibit carcinogenesis (the development of cancer) and tumorigenesis (the development of tumors) and therefore may be useful in reducing cancer risk.

Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) has been shown to induce apoptosis (or cell suicide) in certain cancer cell lines and is currently being studied for its use in the treatment and prevention of cancer.


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