New research at the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that broccoli can protect or significantly delay the most common form of arthritis.
The researchers found that sulforaphane, a compound that is found in broccoli, acts against the destruction of cartilage in the joints, and thus against the degenerative diseases of the hands, feet, knees and spine.
The results of this research, which was carried out on mice, are very promising and it is established that is also relevant for humans for finding more adequate protection of against arthritis.
More than 8.5 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis, in England and Wales 140,000 operations for hip replacement are performed annually. The disease usually affects people over 50 and currently there is no cure for it.
Head of research Dr. Allen Silman points out that this interesting study suggests that vegetables, particularly broccoli, may be useful for the health of people suffering from osteoarthritis.
Broccoli is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins A and C.