Breathe Better…with Broccoli?

December 9, 2009

Broccoli, a vegetable often despised during childhood and secretly fed to the family dog, may be a natural remedy for asthma. Researchers at UCLA discovered that broccoli is rich in the antioxidant enzymes that decrease respiratory inflammation. Though not a cure, this veggie and its cruciferous relatives (like cauliflower and cabbage) can protect against asthma’s debilitating symptoms. Not a fan of the taste? Add steamed broccoli or broccoli sprouts to the tomato sauce for your next pasta dinner—you’ll gain the health benefits without offending your palate.