Friday, January 1, 2010

Fight Allergies with Food

If pollen is making you miserable, a cure could be waiting in the produce aisle. Eating broccoli sprouts may help breathe easier, say UCLA researchers. In the study, people who ate seven ounces of sprouts for three days saw up to a 200 percent increase in the production of proteins that make antioxidants in their nasal cells. The scientists believe these antioxidants help fight off the inflammation that causes allergies. Credit the sprouts’ high content of sulforaphane, which triggers the increase, says coauthor Marc A. Riedl, MD.

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