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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Humble Broccoli Brings DRAMATIC Benefits To Your Digestive Health
The humble broccoli, which has often taken the much-undeserved title of “America’s most hated vegetable,” is one of the best superfoods out there. Nutritionists love the little green plant for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but new research confirms its use in promoting digestive health.
But before you scoff at the conclusion, remember that there’s a deep and intrinsic connection between gut health and overall well-being. The dramatic benefits that broccoli gives your gut have an implied benefit to just how healthy you are, overall.
The authors of this new study were excited by their findings. In particular, they found that a broccoli-rich diet contributed to increased resistance to various digestive issues. They say that their results suggest that broccoli can be used to prevent colitis, leaky gut, and other inflammatory-related digestive conditions. (Related: Broccoli: A Natural Way to Build Immunity.)
The key lies in a compound released when broccoli is eaten called indolocarbazole (ICZ). ICZ helps balance the immune system and gut by reducing inflammation while boosting digestive health. This, in turn, lessens the risk of bowel diseases caused by chronic inflammation – not least of which is ulcerative colitis.
More importantly, ICZ helps promote barrier functioning in the gut. Basically, imagine broccoli bringing in the big guns in shooting down those nasty toxins trying to break into your stomach.
Broccoli is also a potent detoxifier. The synergistic action of the different compounds in the vegetable clear out carcinogens and free radicals in the body. The superfood is also an excellent source of fiber, an essential dietary component of gut health. (MORE)