from journal Laboratory Investigation and Penn State University
We all know that broccoli is good for us, but why? The question is asked and answered by a team from Penn State University in the journal Laboratory Investigation. They found molecules in broccoli bind to lining of the gut in laboratory animals and likely in humans. In so doing, the action appears to protect the lining of the small intestine, allowing water and nutrients to pass into the body, but preventing food particles and bacteria that could cause harm or disease. More broadly, the researchers suggest that dietary elements, such as broccoli and similar cruciferous vegetables may reshape the cellular and metabolic makeup of the gastrointestinal tract. The findings lend support to the idea that broccoli truly is a superfood.