Broccoli Sprouts May Inhibit Ulcers

By Charlie Nardozzi

(Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

It's been widely reported that broccoli is loaded with the chemical sulfuraphane, a known antioxidant. It's also been found this chemical has antibiotic properties. Researchers at John Hopkins University found that sulfuraphane is a potent antibiotic against Heptobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with ulcers and other stomach ailments. They also found that broccoli sprouts, which contain high levels of sulfuraphane, reduce the amount of H. pylori in the digestive tracts of patients.

For 8 weeks researchers in Japan fed 25 patients 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts daily and 25 other patients 2.5 ounces of alfalfa sprouts instead. Alfalfa sprouts don't contain the chemical sulfuraphane. They found those patients eating broccoli sprouts had a 40% reduction in the amount of H. pylori bacteria in their gut compared to the patients eating alfalfa sprouts. The research results suggest eating broccoli sprouts daily may help reduce the incidence of stomach ulcers in patients.

For more information on this study, go to: Science News.

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