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Fighting Air Pollution with Broccoli

Broccoli combats cancer caused by air pollution? Sure, why not.

06·23·2014

Fighting Air Pollution with Broccoli

Broccoli combats cancer caused by air pollution? Sure, why not.

06·23·2014

It’s no secret that one of the biggest health problems facing the people of China is pollution. CNN Money reports that the problem is so severe that it slashes an average of 5.5-years off the health from the average Chinese citizen, and The Guardian reports that the toxic levels are now so bad that it represents “Nuclear Winter.” Now, the American Association for Cancer Research has published a report that claims broccoli can help your body deal with the effects of the air-pollution.

The study, which was undertaken by researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, was carried out on 291 adults  (62 men and 229 women) around the town of Hehe and the Yangtze River Delta.  A beverage, which was converted into a vegetable based tea (with boiled Broccoli sprouts), was consumed by the 291 adults, daily over a 12-week period.

The tea provided the consumer with a substance known as “sulforaphone”, a compound which is shown to possess cancer-preventing qualities. The nroccoli sprouts, which are a source of glucoraphanin, generate the sulforaphone. The help in combating pollution related cancer can be found in how the sulforaphone increases the enzymes that enhance the human body’s ability to safely process and remove toxic air pollutants.

Above you can see a table published by the Washington Post, the image compares the 10 worst polluting cities for both the United States and China.

The growing problem with pollution can be seen through Quartz, who published an article which shows that there have only been two days in which air quality was considered “good” since April 2008.

To take a look at continuing airpocalypse check out this in-depth article.