Monday, April 13, 2009

Is Broccoli A Cancer Buster?

news you may not know

Small, But Mighty...

Sure, you've heard it all before. Eat your veggies -- not only are they good for you, but you'll be incredibly happy and successful. Well, at least you'll be healthy...

New research from Japan adds one more confirmation to the healthy legacy of green vegetables. This time, the new super veggie is a mere youngster. The researchers found that baby broccoli is particularly effective in fighting against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, which reeks havoc within the stomach.

Helicobacter pylori is a prime culprit in several stomach ailments, including gastritis, stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. But, baby broccoli is up to the task. The young broccoli sprouts contain a natural biochemical, sulforaphane, which serves as a natural antibiotic against Helicobacter pylori. It also serves to promote production of enzymes that protect the gut from the damaging effects of oxygen radicals.

This is not an insignificant problem. In fact, it's believed that one-half the world's population is infected with Helicobacter pylori.

So, as word of this research spreads, we should anticipate a bright future for broccoli growers worldwide. And, with economic times being a bit difficult at this point, perhaps a backyard broccoli garden is in order. Enjoy...

To read more about the study, see this from Reuters. To learn about a variety of natural, healthy foods, see this from The World's Healthiest Foods.


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