Unclog Your Arteries Repair Cells and Blood Vessels, With Broccoli

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This probably
still won’t encourage children to eat it, but the many healthy properties
of broccoli include preventing a heart attack or stroke, say researchers.

A chemical
found in the vegetable boosts the body’s defence system to keep
arteries unclogged.

Cauliflower,
sprouts and cabbage can also keep the blood flowing freely.

They all contain
sulforaphane, along with rocket, kale and pak choi, but broccoli
contains the highest levels.

The discovery
by scientists at Imperial College London could finally crack the
code to using the vital vegetable ingredient in treating heart patients.

Professor Peter
Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, which
funded the research, said: ‘As well as adding evidence to support
the importance of eating "five a day", the biochemistry
revealed in this research could lead to more targeted dietary or
medical approaches to prevent or lessen disease that leads to heart
attacks and strokes.’

The researchers
found bent or branched arteries are more susceptible to disease
because they lack a protein called Nrf2.

In contrast,
straight sections of artery are protected by the protein, which
prevents cells becoming inflamed, an early indication for the development
of heart disease.

The researchers
discovered that Nrf2 was disabled by a protein in the bent or branched
areas of arteries, stifling its protective properties.

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September
8, 2009

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