Don’t lie — you hate broccoli. Hell, deep down we all hate broccoli and those who say otherwise are lying to us and themselves. Yet, as though it were a cosmic joke to be played on mankind, broccoli also seems to be this magical, mystical vegetable that can do everything from prevent certain kinds of cancers to keeping your grandmother from giving you a two-hour lecture about how eating broccoli as a kid is the reason why she’s 91.
As it turns out, broccoli is also good for people who smoke and suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or other lung-related problems.
Research being done by Shyam Biswal, Christopher Harvey and others shows that broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables that produce a chemical called sulphoraphane can lead to better breathing. Why is this? Well, smoking and other lung issues are caused by the NRF2 chemical pathway being destroyed. Sulphoraphane actually helps to rejuvenate NRF2 pathways, thus allowing you to breath easier.
So, yeah. Broccoli. It’s a damn miracle plant.