Broccoli: A Superfood for Osteoarthritis
You may have hated broccoli as a kid, but maybe mom really did know best! Today, broccoli is being hailed by scientists as a super food for joints that could cure those who suffer from arthritis.
Scientists at the University of East Anglia in the UK found that a chemical found in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause the joints to weaken and deteriorate in osteoarthritis. The research team is now launching a project that will hopefully lead to a new broccoli-based treatment for millions of arthritis sufferers.
Professor Ian Clark from the University of East Anglia, one of the researchers involved in the study, spoke to the Daily Mail about the findings. We all know broccoli is good for you but this is the first time it has been linked to osteoarthritis, said Clark.
We know there is a chemical, sulforaphane, in broccoli that can slow down cartilage destruction and we want to see if this can actually get into the joints and stop the progress of the condition.
The project will test 30 patients who will be going into joint replacement operations. Those patients will be fed the vegetable before going into the operation. After the surgery, they will be examined to see if the chemical sulfarophane successfully entered their joints.
Clark added, The results could mean we prevent many, many more needing to go for surgery because progress of the disease will either be slowed down or completely halted.
It really is a breakthrough project.