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Compounds called isothiocyanates are derived from cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips. Recent studies have shown that isothiocyanates (ITCs) are important to enable interferon responsiveness, which serves as a potent stimulator to attack microbes such as viruses. Specifically, the effects of these ITCs have been shown to increase immune cell-killing capacity and resistance to viral infection with impressive results. Already, 3.3-diindolylmethane (DIM) has been shown to resolve cervical dysplasia, laryngeal papillomas, and warts. It is presently under investigational studies as a treatment for a variety of viral infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papilloma virus (HPV), and hepatitis.
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