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Broccoli Each Day Keeps Asthma Away

Consumption of one or two cups of lightly steamed broccoli each day can help asthmatics breathe normally and prevent their condition from worsening, according to research from The University of Melbourne.

The study by Honours student Nadia Mazarakis and supervisors Dr Tom Karagiannis and Dr Simon Royce found that eating vegetables from the cruciferous family – which also includes kale, cabbage, brussels sprout, cauliflower and bok choy – reduces and even reverses lung damage.

“Laboratory tests have shown that consumption of broccoli changes the formation of the airways and may make clear breathing easier for those who suffer from asthma and allergies,” Mazarakis said. “Blockages in the airway were reversed almost entirely.

The findings are part of the trend in healthcare research that looks to incorporate dietary treatments with prescription medication. “Using broccoli to treat asthma may also help for people who don’t respond to traditional treatment,” Mazarakis said.

The research is still in the experimental phase, so the researchers warn that normal medical advice must be followed during an asthma attack or severe breathing issues.