Broccoli Sprouts Protect Against Respiratory Inflammation

I love broccoli! This is great awesome. A new study in the journal Clinical Immunology claims consuming broccoli sprouts contributed to a significant boosting antioxidant which protect airways against inflammation and asthma. Researchers gave test subjects varying does of oral sulforaphane, an anti-cancer agent found in green vegetables like broccoli, for three days and rinses of nasal passages revealed high doses result in a 101% to 199% increase in GSTP1 and NQO1 antioxidant enzymes; Food Navigator reports.

Previous studies show broccoli protects blood vessels against heart disease and stroke, especially good for diabetics, who are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating broccoli also helps fight prostate cancer and skin cancer.

Wow, asthma has been all over the news lately, this week we’ve seen reports link asthma risk with traffic pollution and watching too much television. Eek!

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Mike - March 6, 2009 11:23 PM

I LOVE broccoli too. Is it just me or do others eat the entire plant? The greens are tasty and mild and steamed or stir-fried stalks are wonderful too.

Kirsten - March 7, 2009 6:44 PM

I like brassicas and I love greens, but be a little cautious about brassica greens. They can have pretty high levels of oxalic acid--that's the stuff that makes it not OK to eat the green part of rhubarb. From what I've read, there isn't any immediate danger from most veg sources, instead there is a potential risk of stones if we have the right/wrong genetic make-up. I've included a link.
At any rate, I'm with you--yay broccoli! And cabbage, and kohlrabi, and brussels sprouts ... :)

Michael - March 8, 2009 10:47 AM

I think Dr. Fuhrman already covered the whole issue with greens with oxalic acids. It was suspected to be a problem at one point, but research has proven the real problem is all the animal products and refined foods. Greens are all extremely healthy foods.

Kara Scott - March 10, 2009 11:46 AM

What are broccoli SPROUTS? Where can you buy them?

Brian Wiseman - March 11, 2009 1:30 PM

First time I ever saw how broccoli grows, how come we don't eat the dark leafs attached to the broccoli? Looks healthy like Kale to me.

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