In today’s world, digestive problems like leaky gut and colitis have become common. At such a time, science has found an unexpected but possible answer to the problem: broccoli.
The study was published in the Journal of Functional Foods. Researchers have performed an experiment on mice, to better understand possible cures.The results were simple: mice with a broccoli-supplemented diet tolerated digestive issues similar to symptoms of leaky gut and colitis to a high degree. Comparatively, mice without the diet did not.
Consequently, the study suggests that consuming three and a half cups of a green, fibrous vegetables per day is essential for a clean, healthy gut.
Professor Gary Perdew, of the Pennsylvania State University, said, “Keeping your gut healthy and making sure you have good barrier functions so you’re not getting this leaky effect would be really big.”
Additionally, the researchers also suggested that broccoli may also help prevent diseases caused by the inflammation in the lining of the gut. This includes cancerous diseases and Crohn’s disease.
How broccoli helps
Fibrous vegetables like broccoli help the intestinal barrier to function well. They contain an organic chemical compound that helps with the same. Correspondingly, this results in the gastrointestinal tract protecting the intestines from toxins and harmful microorganisms. However, it also ensures that nutrients continue to pass into the system.
Other known benefits of broccoli
Healthy bones: It contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health.
Weight loss: Being rich in fiber, it helps in weight loss.
Supplying protein: Since it is rich in protein, it is a good supplement for vegetarians who do not consume meat.
Detoxification: It is rich in antioxidants and also contains phytonutrients that help in detoxifying the body.
Skin care: Being rich in minerals like copper and zinc, it makes the skin glow.