Broccoli Sprouts Protect From H. Pylori Stomach Bugs
Eating fresh broccoli sprouts may protect the gut from damage from H.Pylori, a stomach bug that affects fifty percent of the population and leads to ulcers and stomach cancer.
Fresh broccoli sprouts contain a compound called sulforaphane. Japanese scientists studied fifty people to find that eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months reduced signs of the common stomach bug, H.Pylori, by more than forty percent.’
The study, authored by Johns Hopkins scientists does not suggest that broccoli sprouts can cure cancer or gastritis. Rather, regular consumption of broccoli sprouts appears to reduce the number of H. Pylori in the stomach. The scientists say that fresh broccoli sprouts…”might potentially have an effect on the cause of a lot of gastric problems…”
When the study group stopped eating fresh broccoli sprouts, their levels of HpSA, a component of H. Pylori, returned to normal, telling the scientists that broccoli sprouts reduced the colonization of H. Pylori, but did not completely eradicate the stomach bug.
Jed W. Fahey, M.S., Sc.D., nutritional biochemist in the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Cancer Chemoprotection Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discovered sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts in 2002. Fahey is an author of the current study. Fahey explains, "Broccoli sprouts have a much higher concentration of sulforaphane than mature heads’, making them more protective for reducing the number of H.Pylori bacteria in the gut. The protection from broccoli sprouts against stomach bugs comes from enzymes that protect against inflammation and damage from free radicals.
No one knows if eating fresh broccoli sprouts can prevent cancer, but the scientists say there is no doubt that eating broccoli sprouts protects against the damage that occurs from H. Pylori, by reducing colonization of the stomach bug.
According to the World Health Organization, H. Pylori is a carcinogen. Eating fresh broccoli sprouts, could reduce levels of the H. Pylori stomach bug, by reducing inflammation and stomach damage.
Eating a handful of fresh broccoli sprouts daily can protect against stomach cancer by reducing the amount of H. Pylori in the stomach. Stomach cancer is the second deadliest and most common form of cancer that affects people worldwide.
Source: Hopkins Medicine
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