Scientists are investigating whether compounds found in cabbage could help prevent against diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Experts from the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health are calling for volunteers to take part in a study into the potential health benefits of different varieties of the vegetable.
Dr Wendy Russell, from the Rowett Institute, who is leading the project, said: “Our study will investigate compounds found in different species of cabbage produced in Scotland, with the aim of identifying which ones have a positive impact on health when we eat them. “Volunteers taking part in the research will be required to eat quantities of kale, white and red cabbage, and we will monitor the affect eating these vegetables, has on their body over the course of a day. Building a clear picture of where the different compounds found in cabbage travel in the human body, and what they are converted into, will help us understand if any of these compounds could potentially help prevent against different types of cancers and cardiovascular diseases.”
Healthy, non-smokers from Aberdeen city and shire, between the ages of 18 and 55 are sought for the cabbage study, which will be based at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition of Health in Bucksburn. Volunteers should not be taking any prescription medication, regular aspirin, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, antibiotics or nutritional supplements. If you are interested in taking the study contact David Bremner on 01224-738785 or by email at D.Bremner@abdn.ac.uk