Health Tip – Nov. 14 – Another Good Reason to Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip greens and kale are rich in antioxidants, which help lower the risks of both cancer and heart disease. Population studies have shown that people who eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables regularly have lower rates of cancer than those who don’t.
And now a research team in England has reported on another potential health benefit: sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli, may help prevent arthritis of the knee. The British investigators found that when they laced mouse food with sulforaphane, the animals had significantly less cartilage damage and were less likely to develop osteoarthritis than mice that remained on their regular diet. In the laboratory, the investigators found that cartilage cells from humans (as well as those from cows) were less damaged by osteoarthritis when they were treated with sulforaphane.
The same team now plans a small human study to see whether “super broccoli” containing high amounts of sulforaphane has any impact on osteoarthritis in 40 patients scheduled for knee replacement surgery.