The new study findings explain how one or two cups of
steamed broccoli daily could
help ease respiratory inflammation and thereby treat asthma.
The study has found
that sulforaphane naturally present in broccoli and other cruciferous
vegetables does the magic.
Broccoli is an
edible green plant from the cabbage family and is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C,
vitamin B-6, calcium, iron and dietary fiber.
It also fights cancer.
'In Australia, asthma affects
one in ten people and it's something that is on the rise,' said University of
Melbourne honors student and also one of the research authors, Nadia Mazarakis.
The study also claims a diet
rich in cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts,
cauliflower and bok choy can help reduce and even reverse lung damage.
Kale is already celebrated
for its high nutritional value and is also called "the queen of greens" and "a
nutritional powerhouse." It is rich in
fiber, has low calories and zero fat.
Mazarakis added a word of caution that during an asthma attack or severe
breathing issues, normal medical advice must be followed since the study is
still in the experimental phase.