Health: Eat Your Sprouts

George H. W. Bush's aversion to broccoli notwithstanding, scientists have known for years that eating the bushy green vegetable can lower your risk for certain cancers. Now a new study shows that broccoli--and even more so, broccoli sprouts--may also cut your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Sprouts are particularly rich in glucoraphanin, one of a class of substances that work indirectly as antioxidants by boosting the body's antioxidant defense systems. Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan fed glucoraphanin-laden sprouts to lab rats prone to high blood pressure and stroke. After 14 weeks the animals had stronger antioxidant...

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