Eat Your Broccoli To Keep Your Gut Healthy Says Researchers

Eat Your Broccoli To Keep Your Gut Healthy Says Researchers

Eat Your Broccoli To Keep Your Gut Healthy Says Researchers

There is some sad news for everyone who hates broccoli.

According to researchers, when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar to symptoms of leaky gut and colitis than mice that were not placed on a broccoli-supplemented diet.

"There are a lot of reasons we want to explore helping with gastrointestinal health, and one reason is if you have problems, like a leaky gut, and start to suffer inflammation, that may then lead to other conditions, like arthritis and heart disease", says researcher Gary Perdew, a professor of agricultural sciences, of his team's research in a press release. This study may open doors to more research on the best ways for these individuals to benefit from consuming broccoli without the digestive problems that come with eating fibrous vegetables. "Keeping your gut healthy and making sure you have good barrier functions so you're not getting this leaky effect would be really big", he added.

There is a receptor in the gut called Aryl hydrocarbon receptor, or AHR that is activated by compounds found in an organic chemical compound called indole glucosinolates.

These findings could hint at the potential for other cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, to also ameliorate problems in the digestive tract.

This may help prevent diseases, such as various cancers and Crohn's Disease, caused by inflammation in the lining of the gut.

The researchers used two genetic lines of mice in the study: One line had a low ability to bind ICZ to AHR; the other line had a high ability to bind ICZ to AHR.

For humans, the amount in the experiment would be equivalent to eating about 3.5 cups of broccoli each day, according to Perdew. "Also, brussels sprouts have three times as much, which would mean a cup of brussels sprouts could get us to the same level".

Of course, before you go on any diet, consult with a physician.

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