Friday, September 27, 2013

Broccoli Fights Osteoarthritis

Broccoli Fights Osteoarthritis
A compound found in broccoli could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis, according to new research.
Results from the laboratory study, conducted by researchers from the University of East Anglia and published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, show that sulphoraphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis. The researchers found that mice fed a diet rich in the compound had significantly less cartilage damage and osteoarthritis than those that were not.
Stop joint destruction
Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, but particularly broccoli. Previous research has suggested that sulphoraphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health. The researchers discovered that sulphoraphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction by stopping a key molecule known to cause inflammation.
Ian Clark, professor of musculoskeletal biology at UEA and the lead researcher, said: “The results from this study are very promising. As well as treating people who already have the condition, you need to be able to tell healthy people how to protect their joints into the future. There is currently no way in to the disease pharmaceutically and you cannot give healthy people drugs unnecessarily, so this is where diet could be a safe alternative.

Source : Nature and Health



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