Broccoli!

A recent study has found that eating broccoli could help prevent or slow the most common form of arthritis.

It seems that sulforaphane – a compound usually found in broccoli but also in sprouts and cabbage – slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease affecting the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees.

As a vegetable, broccoli is also rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and anti-oxidants and is high in vitamin C and A.

Alan Silman, Arthritis Research UK’s medical director, said: “This is an interesting study with promising results as it suggests that a common vegetable, broccoli, might have health benefits for people with osteoarthritis and even possibly protect people from developing the disease in the first place.

“We know that exercise and keeping to a healthy weight can improve people’s symptoms and reduce the chances of the disease progressing, but this adds another layer in our understanding of how diet could play its part.”

Previous research has suggested that sulforaphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health. – Source http://www.independent.co.uk

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