Broccoli Can Prevent, Slow Progression of Arthritis: Study

According to a research led by the University of East Anglia, it has been unveiled that broccoli contains a compound that can prove quite beneficial when it comes to prevent or slow the progression of arthritis.

The compound found in broccoli is sulforaphane. The researchers were of the view that the compound is released when people eat cruciferous vegetables. Such vegetables are Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli.

But study researchers have given special emphasis to broccoli. It has been said that previous studies as well that sulforaphane contains anti cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

This study is considered to be the first one that has studied the compound's effect on joint health. The researchers affirmed that sulforaphane reduces the destruction of cartilage in joints. It works by blocking the enzymes that can cause joint destruction related to osteoarthritis.

The researchers affirmed that they have carried out testing in cartilage cells, tissue and mice. But they are planning to carry out human trials.

"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", said Professor Alan Silman, Medical Director of Arthritis Research UK.