One of the most immediate benefits of exercising is that your lungs will start to work more efficiently and will increase their capacity. That is a big benefit because we are oxygen burners and the only way we get oxygen is by breathing it in. About 20,000 times a day every day. No matter what exercise you do the lungs will improve: walking, swimming, skiing, yoga, weights, - whatever. But if you are in an area with air pollution that means that your exercise-improved lungs suck in more pollution with every breath you take – 20,000 times a day. Recently, world governments got together for a big talk fest in Paris. They decided they would have to set more standards and targets and make a lot more rules and have more meetings. Meanwhile we are all still breathing bad air that gets worse. If the governments are not going to solve the problem any time soon, what can we do today to stop committing suicide every time we inhale? Stop exercising? Stop breathing? Not good ideas. But there is a way. The body tries to get rid of the pollution that you inhale - the liver and kidneys work hard at this. Once these organs filter out the pollution by-products such as benzene (!) some of it can be let out in the urine – but not all of it.
A group of scientists and doctors from American and Chinese Universities did a clinical trial in China giving a controlled group of people 40 micromoles a day of sulforaphane. Immediately they started getting rid of 61% more of those cancer causing products of air pollution. That 61% more, every day is a huge benefit to the body and slows down the accumulation of these poisons. So where can you get a daily dose of sulforaphane?
The best source is from four day old broccoli sprouts. But getting them is just about impossible unless you grow your own. Otherwise, there is only one good source in the world and that is us, Vegus Foods, a small family business in Ireland that delivers broccoli sprout juice around the world – every little daily bottle has more than 70 micromoles of sulforaphane. Fresh pressed, raw, never frozen, never heated but keeps without refrigeration for 16 weeks. Magic!
Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2014 Aug;7(8):813-23. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0103. Epub 2014 Jun 9. Rapid and sustainable detoxication of airborne pollutants by broccoli sprout beverage: results of a randomized clinical trial in China. Egner PA1, Chen JG2, Zarth AT3, Ng DK4, Wang JB2, Kensler KH1, Jacobson LP4, Muñoz A4, Johnson JL1, Groopman JD1, Fahey JW5, Talalay P5, Zhu J2,Chen TY2, Qian GS2, Carmella SG3, Hecht SS3, Kensler TW6. Author information Abstract Broccoli sprouts are a convenient and rich source of the glucosinolate, glucoraphanin, which can generate the chemopreventive agent, sulforaphane, an inducer of glutathione S-transferases (GST) and other cytoprotective enzymes. A broccoli sprout-derived beverage providing daily doses of 600 μmol glucoraphanin and 40 μmol sulforaphane was evaluated for magnitude and duration of pharmacodynamic action in a 12-week randomized clinical trial. Two hundred and ninety-one study participants were recruited from the rural He-He Township, Qidong, in the Yangtze River delta region of China, an area characterized by exposures to substantial levels of airborne pollutants. Exposure to air pollution has been associated with lung cancer and cardiopulmonary diseases. Urinary excretion of the mercapturic acids of the pollutants, benzene, acrolein, and crotonaldehyde, were measured before and during the intervention using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid and sustained, statistically significant (P ≤ 0.01) increases in the levels of excretion of the glutathione-derived conjugates of benzene (61%), acrolein (23%), but not crotonaldehyde, were found in those receiving broccoli sprout beverage compared with placebo. Excretion of the benzene-derived mercapturic acid was higher in participants who were GSTT1-positive than in the null genotype, irrespective of study arm assignment. Measures of sulforaphane metabolites in urine indicated that bioavailability did not decline over the 12-week daily dosing period. Thus, intervention with broccoli sprouts enhances the detoxication of some airborne pollutants and may provide a frugal means to attenuate their associated long-term health risks.
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