Eating Green Veggies Improves Immune Defenses

It turns out that green vegetables — from bok choy to broccoli — are the source of a chemical signal that is important to a fully functioning immune system. They do this by ensuring that immune cells in the gut and the skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) function properly.

“It is still surprising to me,” said Marc Veldhoen of The Babraham Institute in Cambridge. “I would have expected cells at the surface would play some role in the interaction with the outside world, but such a clear cut interaction with the diet was unexpected. After feeding otherwise healthy mice a vegetable-poor diet for two to three weeks, I was amazed to see 70 to 80 percent of these protective cells disappeared.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111013121509.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fnutrition+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+–+Nutrition%29

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2 Responses to Eating Green Veggies Improves Immune Defenses

  1. Hadamard says:

    Does that include peas or just the leafy ones?

    • GORILLAFIT says:

      I believe this is most greens. There are colors in the pigments that these veggies carry that have powerful nutrients. My experience is that if you eat and combine different greens you will be much better off. Basically each plant has their own special combination. I hope this answer helps.

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