According to research published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, may help prevent lung infections in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
The research shows that the compound may aid the lung’s immune defense and decrease lung inflammation, a common problem for COPD patients.
Researchers isolated white blood cells from the lungs of COPD patients and examined mice exposed to cigarette smoke to mimic the lung conditions of those diagnosed with COPD. When bacteria enters the lungs of COPD patients, their white blood cells do not attack the bacteria as strongly as they do in healthy individuals.
Characterized by chronic bronchitis and emphysema, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the US. COPD affects 24 million Americans and 210 million individuals worldwide.
Further study is needed to determine if a sulforaphane-rich diet could be an effective treatment.
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