Eating Broccoli Could Guard Against Arthritis

Researchers are launching a groundbreaking new study to investigate the benefits of broccoli. Initial laboratory results found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis.

Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables. Eating broccoli leads to a high level of sulforaphane in the blood, but it is as yet unknown if the sulforaphane can reach the joints in sufficient amounts to be effective.

Eurekalert reports:

“Osteoarthritis ... is a degenerative joint disease which gradually destroys the cartilage in the joints, particularly in the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees of older people. There is currently no effective treatment other than pain relief or joint replacement.”

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