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5 Kilograms of Broccoli in a Pill Slashes Diabetics’ Blood Sugar

If you like taking your vitamins in a pill and you have diabetes, then science may have something to offer in the form of a blood sugar-lowering pill that contains powdered broccoli, New Scientist reports. The pill is a concentrated extract of broccoli sprouts that is the equivalent of 11 pounds of broccoli, if you were to eat it. People who took the extract, which is still being studied, have so far reduced blood glucose levels by 10 percent more than a placebo.

While it’s good news that you can package so much punch in a pill, it’s even better news that you don’t have to wait to take advantage of broccoli’s benefits. Consuming it raw or steamed, whole or just the sprouts, on a regular basis not provides you with health-boosting properties, but can help satisfy your daily menu needs.

Broccoli is becoming increasingly popular because studies show consuming it may reduce your risk of many debilitating diseases, including diabetes, asthma and cancers. Several studies have shown that it actually can inhibit tumor development, cell growth and proliferation, and promote apoptosis (death) of cancer cells.

One of the ways phenolic compounds in broccoli slow the encroachment of disease is by defending against infection, most dramatically by zapping reactive oxygen species (ROS) linked to serious diseases. The sulforaphane in broccoli also works against ROS as an immune stimulant.

Besides sulforaphane, broccoli contains several other health-promoting, chemoprotective nutrients and compounds, including fiber, glucoraphanin (another cancer-fighter), phenolic compounds and nicontinamide mononucleotide, an enzyme involved in the production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a compound involved in mitochondrial health and energy metabolism.

While sprouts contain the most beneficial nutrients, to optimize sulforaphane content in mature broccoli, ideally eat it raw.
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