Broccoli can help protect your gut
Sulforaphane (found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables) has been linked with the prevention of cancer in previous studies. Now new research has discovered how cruciferous vegetables can help to reduce inflammation in the colon. The researchers from Pennsylvania State University in State College were investigating “leaky gut” (this occurs if the intestinal barrier is compromised, opening up the gut to toxins and microorganisms).
A receptor called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) helps to manage the guts response to contaminants, triggering a reaction when the gut is exposed to toxins. Cruciferous vegetables contain indole glucosinolates and these are broken down into compounds including indolocarbazole (ICZ). ICZ bonds to and activates AHR on the lining of the intestines helping to protect and maintain balance in the gut flora. The researchers believe this then helps to strengthen the immune system and may also provide protection against chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
NOTE: Pennsylvania State University is a major public research university in America. The university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research and public service.