BROC­COLI BEST FOR ALL-ROUND HU­MAN HEALTH

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

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.

Broc­coli: packed with ben­e­fi­cial nu­tri­ents that can pro­tect joints

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