Outdoor air pollution is deadly, and is currently the ninth leading cause of death and disability in the world. Air pollutants also worsen or increase the risk of other health problems like asthma, liver disease, and the risk of diabetes.. . . Broccoli can dramatically boost the detox enzymes in our liver and help decrease the level of inflammation within our bodies. This helps explains why eating more than two cups of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, or other cruciferous veggies a day is associated with a 20-percent reduced risk of dying, compared to eating a third of a cup a day, or less. The cruciferous compound sulforaphane is a powerful inducer of our detox enzymes, so most of the research has focused on its cancer-fighting abilities.
Eating broccoli and other cruciferous veggies might just be a frugal way to combat the long-term health risks of air pollution.
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