Super broccoli sprouts fight stomach problems, anemia, cancer, and help blood pressure
May 26, 2009
New research out of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that eating broccoli sprouts helps reduce levels of a common stomach bacterium that causes ulcers, anemia and even stomach cancers.
A clinical trial recently completed by school researchers and Japanese collaborators and published in last month’s Cancer Prevention Research, showed that when subjects ate about 2 1/2 ounces of sprouts daily for a couple of months the bacterium, Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori) was reduced significantly – by 40 percent. About half of the world’s population has this damaging bacterium in their gut.
The bacteria-fighting component of the broccoli sprout – three-day-old broccoli that looks like alfalfa sprouts – is called sulforaphane and is present in other green leafy vegetables, including mature broccoli.
Sulforaphane gives a boost to the body’s protective genes, allowing them to fight harder and more successfully against various inflammations.
Sulforaphane also helps prevent and treat anemia, which affects more than 1.6 billion people worldwide. And if all of that weren’t enough to include broccoli as staple in your diet, the antioxidant action of sulforaphane has been proven to reduce cancer and help fight high blood pressure.