Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lung Disease? Eat Your Vegetables

Posted by Neill Abayon

Eating broccoli could help patients with chronic lung disease.

A decrease in lung concentrations of NRF2-dependent antioxidants, a key components of the lung's defense system against inflammatory injury, is linked to the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in smokers. Broccoli is known to contain a compound that prevents the degradation of these antioxidants.

COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. It affects more than 16 million Americans.

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