COVID-19 Outbreak and the Importance of Broccoli

Updated: Apr 16



If you knew certain vegetables could boost your protection against the coronavirus, wouldn't you start eating them?


It turns out broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and tons of other cruciferous vegetables can offer that protection.


In this article you are going to see exactly what vegetables you should be eating and how exactly they boost your immune defenses.



Science Overlooked


A lot of science doesn't get the attention it deserves around the mass hysteria of COVID-19.


That's peculiar, because this science has been well established to enhance immune protection against viruses.


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Cruciferous vegetables



What are cruciferous vegetables?


Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae such as:

Cauliflower, mustard greens, cabbages, kale, spinach, garden cress, bok choy, choy sum, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leafy vegetables, excluding lettuce.



You've been told to eat your vegetables while you were growing up. Your parents told you something along the line:"Vegetables keep you healthy and strong."


Was that even scientifically correct?



It appears our parents were all natural born scientists.

Vegetables can indeed keep us healthy and strong.

They can keep you healthy and strong in a variety of ways actually, but this article will focus on the effects they have on our immune system.

There is a very interesting compound found in one kind of vegetable:


What vegetable is that?

Cruciferous vegetable


How important is this compound?


It is of such importance that:


It is REQUIRED to maintain a large population of immune cells. (1), (2), (3)


Guess what you need immune cells for?


These immune cells are important in fending off little critters, that would like to use your intestine as a gateway to host all kinds of illegal activities. These immune cells are basically little policemen patrolling along the lining of your intestines.


The worst part?


If they are lacking, it also increases the risk of intestinal damage, due to the possible presence of unfavorable microbes, comparable to hooligans, who are up to no good and like demolishing stuff.


An easy to understand analogy to put things in perspective:

Cruciferous vegetables contain an abundance of something called 'I3C', which you can compare to the abundance of tax you pay.


Then that I3C ends up in your digestive tract and gets oxidized and then condensed into a compound called 'DIM'. (4)

This trajectory is similar to:


Your tax money ending up into a government agency that handles your taxes, where your money gets 'oxidized' and 'condensed' into different departments.


DIM is just one such department: Department of Internal Money making.

What DIM does is activate a receptor called AhR, which is in charge of the maintenance of the immune cells mentioned earlier. (4)


You can compare this to:


The 'department of money making' using some of the money to pay public services, like the police department. AhR is basically the salary for the little patrolling policemen in your intestine.

In other words, you need to eat your cruciferous veggies, otherwise your internal police department will go on strike.



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Bottom line:


A daily serving of cruciferous vegetables gives you tons of nutrients on top of enhancing your immune system.


The produce aisle with all its beautiful green vegetables is your best friend and it deserves your attention.


So, next time you're in the supermarket...


...in the name of Zeus, don't prioritize toilet paper and forget all about the greens.


This act of blasphemy is simply unforgivable.



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References:


  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.4161/cc.11.3.19163

  2. https://sci-hub.tw/10.1016/j.cell.2011.10.004

  3. https://sci-hub.tw/10.1111/j.0105-2896.2005.00284.x

  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22036556-you-ahr-what-you-eat-linking-diet-and-immunity/

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