BROCCOLI BEST FOR ALL-ROUND HUMAN HEALTH
BROCCOLI is the No.1 vegetable to add to your diet if you want tip-top gut health and an immune system that fires on all cylinders.
Gary Perdew, Professor in Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University, discovered that mice fed broccoli with their regular diet were better able to tolerate digestive issues – and he says the same might be true in humans.
“There are a lot of reasons we want to explore helping with gastrointestinal health and one reason is if you have problems, like a leaky gut, and start to suffer inflammation, that may then lead to other conditions, like arthritis,” said Perdew.
Good intestinal barrier function also means the GI tract works optimally to protect the intestines from toxins, while allowing nutrients to pass into the system, he added. Reporting his findings in the Journal of Functional Foods, Perdew says that other cruciferous vegetables – such as brussel sprouts and cabbage – might hold similar benefits.
People would need to consume about 100g of broccoli a day for the boost, Perdew says.
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