A randomized clinical trial in China found that a chemical in broccoli provided massive detoxification to participants compared to a placebo.
Benzene is one of the most widespread carcinogens found in cigarettes, gasoline, pesticides, plastics, etc. It is particularly damaging in areas with high industrial pollution. Luckily, a chemical has been discovered which can help the body rapidly excrete this cancer causing chemical – sulforaphane.
Participants in the study were given a sulforaphane drink derived from broccoli sprouts to be taken once a day for 12 weeks. On the first day participants excreted 61% of benzene and 23% of acrolein (another carcinogen) through urine. The amount remained consistent throughout the duration of the study.
This discovery has very promising implications for cigarette smokers and those living in polluted areas everywhere. Getting a daily dose of broccoli can prevent cancer in a significant way!!
I should mention that this IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO SMOKE. Put down the cigarettes guys I don't care how much broccoli you eat.
Some other foods that contain sulforaphane:
- bok choy
- brussel sprouts
- collard greens
Read more on the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24913818