Broccoli reduces risk of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer

Broccoli reduces risk of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer
May 11, 2016 HealthNewsHound

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A small Japanese study found that eating 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts a day can work to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. So far, broccoli consumption has been associated with the reduction of the cancer risk in the esophagus, bladder, skin, and lungs.

The ‘magical’ component in broccoli is known as sulforaphane, and in previous research, it has been shown to lower the levels of H.pylori, a stomach bacterium associated with stomach damage.

For the study, Japanese researchers looked at 48 individuals with H.pylori.

The study was conducted in Japan, as they have high rates of H.pylori. While in the U.S. 25 to 30 percent of people are infected with H.pylori, in Japan the numbers are creeping up to 90 percent. 

Half of the study participants consumed 70 grams of broccoli sprouts a day and the other half consumed alfalfa sprouts, which do not contain sulforaphane. After the eight-week study, H.pylori levels were significantly reduced in the broccoli sprout group, and there was no reduction in the alfalfa group.
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