Broccoli might protect arteries

September 7, 2009 9:07:56 AM PDT
Here's a new reason to eat your broccoli: British scientists have found evidence a chemical in broccoli and other green leafy veggies could protect your arteries from clogging. The study by The British Heart Foundation found that sulforaphane, a compound which naturally occurs in broccoli and other greens, could "switch on" a protein that's inactive in parts of the arteries vulnerable to clogging.

Scientists used purified sulforaphane for their study and say the next step is to test the effect of the chemical as it's found in vegetables. They're planning on making "broccoli smoothies" to compare the results to purified sulforaphane.

The research appears in the journal Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.