Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower need to be on the dinner plate this week. A new US study out shows these four veges assist macrophages in human blood to remove debris and bacteria, resisting infection.

Researchers, led by Shyam Biswal at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have made a connection between consumption of broccoli and cancer prevention. Their investigations have revealed that a compound found in broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower assists macrophages in human blood to remove debris and bacteria, resisting infection.

Sulphoraphane is found in all cruciferous vegetables, and the researchers have shown that it restores the chemical pathway that activates macrophage activity in the blood. This is particularly important for smokers as tobacco smoke destroys the pathway, laying the foundation for the development of lung and pulmonary cancers.

~foodnews.co.nz

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