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Eating a diet that contains lots of broccoli can help or at least slow down the onset of osteoarthritis, says a new study. A team from the University of East Anglia
Has discovered that a compound found in the vegetable – sulphoraphane – blocks the activity of an enzyme that breaks down cartilage in the joints over time. This compound is also found in lesser quantities in brussels sprouts and cabbage.
“The results from the study are very promising” says Ian Clarke, a professor of musculoskeletal biology. “We have shown that this works in three laboratory models, and now want to show that it works in humans. It would be very powerful if we could”.
More than 5 million people in the UK suffer from osteoarthritis. The researchers are now embarking on human trials in which volunteers will be asked to dine on “super broccoli” – a broccoli that has been bred containing abnormally large amounts of the compound.
Even if the study is not yet conclusive, broccoli is already known to contain large amounts of vitamin C, fibre and micro-nutritnts known to have potent anti-cancer properties. So get munching!!