It is a well known fact that broccoli is a wonderfully nutritious vegetable with a wealth of healing benefits. Eating it raw or lightly steamed is the best way to maintain its nutritional value.
Amongst other things, its powerful antioxidant qualities can help prevent cancer, particularly that of the prostate, cervix and breast.High potassium levels help to maintain a healthier nervous system, also allowing the human brain to function more effectively. Broccoli contains a high amount of soluble fibre that helps lower cholesterol levels and it contains properties that can regulate blood pressure not to mention the fact that it has extra high levels of vitamin C (more than citrus), high levels of sulfur, iron and vitamin B as well as copious amounts of pantothenic acid and vitamin A (good for rough skin).
Now recent research has shown that just a handful of this green cruciferous vegetable may play a vital role in treating osteoarthritis which has been predicted to double to 17 million by 2030 according to the charity Arthritis Care.
It has been discovered that the compound sulforaphane which is found in broccoli slows the destruction of cartilage in the joints by blocking enzymes and hindering inflammatory processes associated with this degenerative condition. By eating 100g of broccoli per day, this disease could be prevented and even slowed down in those already showing symptoms.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia have been testing in cartilage cells, tissue and mice. They would now like to show this could work in humans not only for those currently suffering with the condition but also to work as a preventative so others do not not suffer the same fate.
There is currently no conventional cure for osteoarthritis, so this could be a phenomenal breakthrough with painkillers and joint replacements being the only other treatments on offer.
Trials are now being carried out on 20 volunteers with osteoarthritis who are eating a super powered hybrid broccoli for two weeks. Although they are not expecting to see joint repair during this time, researchers are hoping to see a slowing down of the condition, so watch this space …
* N.B. Broccoli does contain goitrogens which can inhibit the body’s ability to use iodine, disrupting normal thyroid function and it is to be avoided in cases of thyroid deficiency and low iodine. It may also increase the chance of stroke for those on blood thinning medications.
(http://www.wddty.com/broccoli-could-prevent-and-even-slow-osteoarthritis.html – Source: Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2013; doi: 10.1002/art38133)