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Broccoli Consumption May Treat Asthma

Update Date: Jun 26, 2014 10:56 PM EDT

Broccoli could help treat asthma, according to Australian researchers.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in natural sulforaphane, which can prevent asthma-triggering respiratory inflammation.

"In Australia, asthma affects one in ten people and it's something that is on the rise," said researcher Nadia Mazarakis, who undertook research on the topic with supervisor Dr. Tom Karagiannis, according to the Daily Mail.

Previous studies also show that broccoli, which contains high concentrations of beneficial vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 iron, calcium and dietary fiber, can also help prevent cancer.

However, new research reveals that cruciferous veggies like bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale can cut and even cure lung damage.

"Our research could help those people in particular that are resistant to the current treatment options," Karagiannis said, according to Daily Mail.

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