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Eating broccoli helps repair a leaky gut

Eating broccoli helps repair a leaky gut, according to a research from Penn State University.

Why is your gut so important? 

Besides digesting food and making it useable for the body, the gut is also key to keeping you healthy. Science has shown that the majority of the immune system actually lives in the gut, and that the beneficial bacteria in the gut are key to fighting many diseases, and viruses.

Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine gets damaged and the intestine contents leak into the blood stream.

The new research shows that eating broccoli may help with a leaky gut. 

“The Penn State study was carried out with mice, who were found to be much more capable of tolerating digestive issues than those who weren’t put on a broccoli diet. The scientists added that the results could be a breakthrough for humans, as digestive problems can reportedly lead to other severe issues.”

The researchers discovered that when you eat broccoli, a compound called indolocarbazole (ICZ) is produced, helps maintain a healthy gut and immune system — both of which are connected.

Dr. Mercola, a leading health expert and physician explains more about leaky gut syndrome:

Leaky gut is a condition that occurs due to the development of gaps between the cells (enterocytes) that make up the membrane lining your intestinal wall. These tiny gaps allow substances such as undigested food, bacteria and metabolic wastes that should be confined to your digestive tract to escape into your bloodstream.

Once the integrity of your intestinal lining is compromised, allowing toxic substances to enter your bloodstream, your body experiences a significant increase in inflammation. Your immune system may also become confused and begin to attack your own body as if it were an enemy — a hallmark of autoimmunity disorders.

The study showing that eating broccoli helps repair a leaky gut was published in the Journal Of Functional Foods. 

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