Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers think

Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, UK researchers believe.   The University of East Anglia team is starting human trials following on from successful lab studies.  Tests on cells and mice showed that a broccoli compound – which humans can also get from Brussels sprouts and cabbage – blocked a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage.

They are asking 20 patients to eat a daily dose of “super-charged” broccoli.  This special cruciferous vegetable has been bred to be extra rich in nutrients – it is a cross between standard broccoli and a wild relative from Sicily.  Our body takes this glucoraphanin compound and turns it into another, called sulforaphane, which appears to protect the joints.  The volunteers will have two weeks on the diet before going under the knife to have their badly arthritic knees repaired by surgeons.

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