A compound called DIM (3, diindolylmethane), extracted from cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and broccoli, protects laboratory rats from lethal doses of radiation. Early research has found that DIM has anti-cancer properties. But new research has found for the first time that DIM is safe for humans and can protect patients normal tissues from radiation-induced radiation.
The researchers exposed the rats to a lethal dose of gamma radiation, and then injected the rats with DIM once a day for two weeks. The results showed that all rats without DIM were dead, and the survival rate of the rats with DIM was more than half, and they survived 30 days after exposure to radiation. At the same time, rats injected with DIM had fewer side effects of radiation therapy such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and thrombocytopenia. DIM has two potential uses: One is to protect normal tissues from cancer patients from radiation therapy. The second is to prevent possible catastrophic nuclear radiation damage to victims of nuclear disasters.