reducing DNA damage with vegetable juices

Doug Skrecky (
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 15:08:06 -0700 (PDT)

Pool-Zobel BL. Bub A. Muller H. Wollowski I. Rechkemmer G. Institution
Institute of Nutritional Physiology, Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Consumption of vegetables reduces genetic damage in humans: first results of a human intervention trial with carotenoid-rich foods. Source
Carcinogenesis. 18(9):1847-50, 1997 Sep. Abstract
A human intervention study with vegetable products has been performed in twenty three healthy, non smoking males aged 27-40. It was the aim of the study to assess whether consumption of vegetables containing different carotenoids could protect against DNA damage and oxidative DNA damage. The subjects consumed their normal diets, but abstained from vegetables high in carotenoids throughout the study period. After a 2 week depletion period, they received daily 330 ml tomato juice with 40 mg lycopene (weeks 3 and 4), 330 ml carrot juice with 22.3 mg beta-carotene and 15.7 mg alpha-carotene (weeks 5 and 6), and 10 g dried spinach powder (in water or milk) with 11.3 mg lutein (weeks 7 and 8). Blood was collected weekly and DNA damage was detected in peripheral blood lymphocytes with the 'COMET' assay. Oxidised DNA bases were detected by including an incubation step with endonuclease III. The supplementation of the diet with tomato, carrot or spinach products resulted in a significant decrease in endogenous levels of strand breaks in lymphocyte DNA. Oxidative base damage was significantly reduced during the carrot juice intervention. These findings support the hypothesis that carotenoid containing plant products exert a cancer-protective effect via a decrease in oxidative and other damage to DNA in humans.