The University of Freiburg, Germany, recently published a press release saying that researchers at the school have recently discovered that common cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage can act as “intestinal safety guards”. This is because it contains a substance called glucosinolate.
The researchers first fed the rats with a food that did not contain any botanical ingredients and no glucosinolates. As a result, the intestinal immune function of the rats was weakened. The researchers then added glucosinolates to the food and the intestinal immune function of the rats was improved. This suggests that glucosinolates play an important role in the defense of intestinal immune cells. Researchers say the findings are expected to be used in the future to prevent intestinal infections and chronic enteritis.
In addition to broccoli and cabbage, cruciferous plants include cabbage, cauliflower, and cabbage.