Broccoli can Help Treat Asthma, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts can Reverse Lung Damage: Study

by Sasikala Radhakrishnan on June 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM
Broccoli can Help Treat Asthma, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts can Reverse Lung Damage: Study

A new study by Melbourne researchers has unravelled the abundant health benefits of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.

It is already a well- known fact that green vegetables are vital for general good health.


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.

However, Ms. 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.

Source: Medindia
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