The health benefits of broccoli and related
vegetables may come in part from a chemical
known as sulforaphane, which appears to
activate a specific heart-protecting protein,
according to a study conducted by researchers
from Imperial College London and published
in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis
and Vascular Biology.
know that vegetables are clearly good for
you, but surprisingly the molecular mechanisms
of why they are good for you have remained
unknown for many years," said
researcher Paul Evans of the United Kingdom's
National Heart and Lung Institute.
"This study provides a possible explanation
for how green vegetable consumption can
promote a healthy heart."
carried out their tests directly on the
chemical sulforaphane, which occurs naturally
in vegetables in the family Brassicaceae,
also known as cruciferous vegetables. In
addition to broccoli, the cruciferous vegetables
include cabbage, cauliflower, rapeseed (canola),
radish, turnip, mustard greens and watercress.
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