There are myths and erroneous information everywhere, especially when it comes to foods that cleanse your body. But there is a vegetable that is indeed the power of detoxifying your body.
Ever since this trend in terms of detox diets "hit" the female population, nutritionists rejected, in general, the idea that certain foods can help the body get rid of harmful chemicals (for that's what our liver).
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But a new study shows that even a green vegetable could have a strong incentive to detox: broccoli sprouts. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that these little green shoots have helped remove air pollutants at an accelerated pace.
Researchers wrote in the journal Cancer Prevention Research focused on nearly 300 study subjects who lived in a city in China, the area that a high rate of air pollution. A group of people received a daily drink made from dry powder and cream of broccoli sprouts, while the second group consumed a placebo drink daily effect without germs. After 12 weeks, the researchers tested the urine and blood of study participants.
What scientists found: the pollutant excretion among drinkers of broccoli sprouts was significantly higher than the placebo group. Detoxification rate of a pollutant (causing cancer), benzene, increased by 61 percent, while the rate for another carcinogen, acrolein increased by 23 percent.
What is so special about broccoli sprouts? In the study, researchers wrote that a compound found in these vegetables and other cruciferous vegetables called glucorafanin proved previously that has anti-carcinogenic in animal studies. Suggesting that this compound might have to do with the results of the study.
Although the need to do more research on this topic before the seeds of broccoli and other similar vegetables prove to be useful in the removal of the pollution of the body does not hurt to choose such products from regions with vegetables and include them in salads or your next green smoothie that you'll prepare it.