Science has proven time and again that Mother Nature is the best physician, and food is the best medicine.
Broccoli, for example—and to an even greater degree, sprouted broccoli seeds—has been linked to a rather impressive list of health benefits. Research has shown broccoli has the capacity to prevent a number of health issues, including but not limited to: Hypertension, Osteoarthritis, Cancer, Heart disease, Allergies, Diabetes, Ulcers & UV radiation damage to skin.
Some of the latest research into this "super food" suggests that broccoli sprouts may help detox toxic pollutants.
"Broccoli sprouts specifically are a source of glucoraphanin, which creates sulforaphane when chewed or swallowed. That compound accelerates the body's ability to detoxify from various pollutants..." Time Magazine.
The three-month long study included about 300 Chinese men and women living in one of the most polluted areas of China, a rural community in the Jiangsu Province.
The test group drank half a cup a day of a beverage consisting of sterilized water, pineapple, and lime juice, with dissolved freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder. The control group drank the same mixture without the addition of the sprouts.
After urine and blood tests were collected and analyzed, the researchers found that the test group, who received the broccoli sprout powder, excreted far greater levels of two carcinogens. Excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the rate of excretion of acrolein increased by 23 percent.
Benzene is usually found in car exhaust fumes, but can also be ingested via soda, where it can form from benzoate salt—used as a preservative. Acrolein forms from the breakdown of certain indoor air pollutants, from the burning of organic matter such as tobacco, and the burning of fuels like gasoline. Study author Tom Kensler told Time Magazine
"The situation is that people throughout China are breathing dirty air, and the exposure is largely unavoidable. We wanted to boost the defense mechanism that accelerates the rate that these are cleared form the body so there is less opportunity for harm to be evoked by chemicals."
Broccoli Sprouts Contain a Number of Health-Promoting Compounds
As mentioned, fresh broccoli sprouts are FAR more potent than whole broccoli. For example, previous tests have revealed that three-day old broccoli sprouts consistently contain anywhere from 10-100 times the amount of glucoraphanin—a chemoprotective compound—found in mature broccoli.
Broccoli sprouts are also an excellent alternative if you don't like the taste or smell of broccoli.
As noted in the featured study, the compound called glucoraphanin appears to have a protective effect against toxic pollutants by improving your body's ability to eliminate or excrete them.
Glucoraphanin has also been shown to protect against cancer.
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