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Drink Your Broccoli, Kids! It May Save You From Air Pollution's Effects

    Few greens are as maligned as broccoli, except for maybe Brussels sprouts. Shutterstock
Natasha Hakimi Zapata
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Natasha Hakimi Zapata is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She also holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata


Really, everyone, not just kids, should be eating those little green trees that have been found to help bodies eliminate toxins related to environmental contamination. But for those of you who can’t stomach it, scientists have developed a beverage chock full of the vegetable.

AlterNet:

Daily consumption of broccoli can go a long way in protecting people from the harmful effects of air pollution, a study from Johns Hopkins University has found.

A clinical trial, conducted in Jiangsu Province — one of China’s most polluted regions — found that consuming a beverage that included broccoli sprouts helped participants to excrete toxins associated with particle and ozone air pollution. A compound in broccoli, sulforaphane, has been shown in previous studies to have anti-carcinogenic properties. …

The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution causes as many as seven million deaths a year worldwide. In many parts of China, air pollution levels have reached perilous levels.

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