Your parents may have had to remind you to eat your vegetables as a child, and while not every child may enjoy the taste, it’s well established that vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that are vital for good health and wellness. But did you know that eating broccoli may slow down or prevent osteoarthritis?
A recent study in mice has shown that a compound called glucoraphanin found in broccoli — and also in Brussels sprouts and cabbage — blocks a destructive enzyme that damages cartilage. Glucoraphanin is converted by the body into another compound called sulforaphane, which protects the joints. Previous studies have also linked sulforaphane to reduced inflammation in the body and possibly cancer prevention. A human study will soon be underway to see if the results can be replicated with human tissue.
The research team for the study doesn’t expect that eating broccoli will reverse or repair existing arthritis, but they are hoping that it will prove to be a successful preventative measure. But as we await the results, it’s a good idea to eat your broccoli, anyway. Many of its health benefits, including its ability to decrease blood sugar levels, its high levels of vitamins and fiber, and its role in preventing heart disease have already been proven.