Asthma Prevention – “This is one of the first studies showing that broccoli sprouts — a readily available food source — offered potent biologic effects in stimulating an antioxidant response in humans,” …
Can Broccoli Prevent or Even Treat Asthma?
A Chemical In The Vegetable Is The Key
Yet another reason to eat your broccoli … UCLA researchers report that a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may help protect against respiratory inflammation like asthma. Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Asthma is exacerbated by exposure to free radical toxins like allergens and airborne irritants including tobacco smoke or pollution. This study conducted at UCLA looks into the the effects of free radicals that we breathe in everyday that can cause respiratory inflammation.
So what is in broccoli that makes it good for prevention or treatment of asthma? The answer is a chemical called sulforaphane. What is sulforaphane? Basically, it triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway.
Read more about the study in an article written by Elizabeth Renter at “Natural Society”:
This is one of the first studies showing that broccoli sprouts — a readily available food source — offered potent biologic effects in stimulating an antioxidant response in humans,” said Dr. Marc Riedl, the study’s lead author. “This strategy may offer protection against inflammatory processes and could lead to potential treatments for a variety of respiratory conditions.