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Broccoli and Cabbage Boost Immunity

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cruciferous vegetablesEating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts, can increase your body’s ability to fight infection and cancer, UCLA researchers say. A chemical in these foods, sulforaphane, can stimulate a wide range of antioxidant defense pathways and may be able to interfere with the age-related decline in immune function, according study director, Andrew Nel, Ph.D. Keeping the immune system healthy also seems to help reduce inflammation, a root cause of many age-related problems, including heart disease, degenerative joint disease and diabetes.

The best way to take advantage of all these foods have to offer: eat them raw, lightly steamed or in a quick stir-fry. Cooking reduces sulforaphane levels.

The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Maintaining robust immunity is critically important to living a long, healthy life. Try to include one serving a day of sulforaphane-rich cruciferous vegetables in your diet whenever possible to keep your immune system functioning well as you age.

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3 responses to “Broccoli and Cabbage Boost Immunity”

  1. […] in the journal, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, explains the potent mechanism exhibited by cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to ameliorate developing cancer cells. The active photochemical […]

  2. […] in the journal, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, explains the potent mechanism exhibited by cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to ameliorate developing cancer cells. The active photochemical […]

  3. […] that stop the proliferation of cells, deactivate carcinogens, and help disarm environmental toxins. Sulforphane in particular increases the production of phase-2 enzymes which can neutralize free radicals and […]