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Broccoli 'May Help Protect Lungs

 
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Broccoli 'May Help Protect Lungs
A substance found in broccoli may limit the damage which leads to serious lung disease, research suggests.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often caused by smoking and kills about 30,000 UK residents a year.

US scientists found that sulforapane increases the activity of the NRF2 gene in human lung cells which protects cells from damage caused by toxins.

The same broccoli compound was recently found to be protective against damage to blood vessels caused by diabetes.

Brassica vegetables such as broccoli have also been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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In the latest study, a team from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found significantly lower activity of the NRF2 gene in smokers with advanced COPD.

Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, they said the gene is responsible for turning on several mechanisms for removing toxins and pollutants which can damage cells.

We know broccoli naturally contains important compounds but studies so far have taken place in the test tube and further research is needed to find if you can produce the same effect in humans
Spokeswoman, British Lung Foundation

Previous studies in mice had shown that disrupting the NRF2 gene caused early onset severe emphysema - one of the conditions suffered by COPD patients.

Increasing the activity of NRF2 may lead to useful treatments for preventing the progression of COPD, the researchers said.

In the study, they showed that sulforapane was able to restore reduced levels of NRF2 in cells exposed to cigarette smoke.

"Future studies should target NRF2 as a novel strategy to increase antioxidant protection in the lungs and test its ability to improve lung function in people with COPD," said study leader Dr Shyam Biswal.

A spokeswoman for the British Lung Foundation said: "This is an important study for the 3 million people in the UK with COPD because of its findings about the imbalance of oxidants and antioxidants in the lungs.

"We know broccoli naturally contains important compounds but studies so far have taken place in the test tube and further research is needed to find if you can produce the same effect in humans."

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Broccoli

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Thanks for the broccoli tip.
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All non-poisonous leaf-based plants work on the lungs....

A substance found in broccoli may limit the damage which leads to serious lung disease, research suggests.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often caused by smoking and kills about 30,000 UK residents a year.

US scientists found that sulforapane increases the activity of the NRF2 gene in human lung cells which protects cells from damage caused by toxins.

The same broccoli compound was recently found to be protective against damage to blood vessels caused by diabetes.

Brassica vegetables such as broccoli have also been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Cell pollutants

In the latest study, a team from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found significantly lower activity of the NRF2 gene in smokers with advanced COPD.

Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, they said the gene is responsible for turning on several mechanisms for removing toxins and pollutants which can damage cells.

We know broccoli naturally contains important compounds but studies so far have taken place in the test tube and further research is needed to find if you can produce the same effect in humans
Spokeswoman, British Lung Foundation

Previous studies in mice had shown that disrupting the NRF2 gene caused early onset severe emphysema - one of the conditions suffered by COPD patients.

Increasing the activity of NRF2 may lead to useful treatments for preventing the progression of COPD, the researchers said.

In the study, they showed that sulforapane was able to restore reduced levels of NRF2 in cells exposed to cigarette smoke.

"Future studies should target NRF2 as a novel strategy to increase antioxidant protection in the lungs and test its ability to improve lung function in people with COPD," said study leader Dr Shyam Biswal.

A spokeswoman for the British Lung Foundation said: "This is an important study for the 3 million people in the UK with COPD because of its findings about the imbalance of oxidants and antioxidants in the lungs.

"We know broccoli naturally contains important compounds but studies so far have taken place in the test tube and further research is needed to find if you can produce the same effect in humans."

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Broccoli

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Well better to be a broccoli head than a complete wiener like McCain....
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Just don't over boil broccoli.
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Actually, you cannot just run to the store and buy brocolli because they irradiate the broccoli at the stores. I talk to a grocer of organic produce and he told me even his "organic" produce was irradiated. He called it "conventional" produces and all "conventional" produce is irradiated. There is no nutrition like this article is talking about in "conventional" produce since it is irradiated.
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Actually, you cannot just run to the store and buy brocolli because they irradiate the broccoli at the stores. I talk to a grocer of organic produce and he told me even his "organic" produce was irradiated. He called it "conventional" produces and all "conventional" produce is irradiated. There is no nutrition like this article is talking about in "conventional" produce since it is irradiated.
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How many vegetables are they doing this to now? I hope not all!

Well, I know they do something like that to the raw organic almonds - heat them or use chemicals. So I buy almonds from a farm direct. Growers do not have to irradiate - just distributors do sometimes.
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09/14/2008 02:18 AM
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Broccoli

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Kanigo2, that photo is priceless!!!


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It is and good for removing toxins
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I'm pretty sure my broccoli isn't irradiated because I often find little green worms (that's why you clean it first, but no big deal either way, just extra protein) wriggling around when I clean it.

Anyways broccoli is tasty, and we already knew it was good for us, soooooooo..... it's just slightly more good for us now. Score!

Steam it and serve with a dressing of low-sodium soya sauce with some chopped raw garlic, sriracha (chili paste), sesame seeds, and sesame oil. Yum yum.





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