Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Increase Your Intake of Broccoli To Boost Your Immunity This Winter

Increase Your Intake of Broccoli To Boost Your Immunity This Winter: From optimal brain function to muscle growth, broccoli is a power-packed vegetable. Interesting in preventing colds? Compounds inside broccoli can block viruses from reproducing by an amazing 99.9 percent--essentially 100 percent effectiveness.

Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth. Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

Preliminary lab studies of monkey and human cells conducted by researchers at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio show that a compound found naturally in broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts-- indole-3-carbinol--may be a key to inhibiting viruses. The indole-3-carbinol compound works by interfering with factors that help cells reproduce. The natural chemical can block from reproducing by almost 100%.

Broccoli has a reservoir of phytochemicals like glucosinolates, sulphoraphane (sulphur compounds), carotenoids, and flavonoids that play a key role in fighting cancer.

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