Broccoli Prevents Osteoarthritis?
A compound found in broccoli has been found to slow down and prevent the progress of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually affects hands, knees and hips. This condition destroys the cartilage between joints, causing swelling and pain. Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as wear and tear.
According to Arthritis Research, more than 8.5 million people in the UK suffer with osteoarthritis, and the annual cost to the NHS is around £5 billion. The standard treatments include strong anti-inflammatory pain-killers and surgery, such as knee and hip replacements.
The most common causes are wear and tear due to ageing and obesity, which is a growing problem. The cases of knee arthritis have been forecast to reach over 8 million by 2035, from 4.7 million in 2010.
The good news is that an everyday vegetable can help to reduce the risk of developing this condition. Broccoli contains sulphoraphane, which works by blocking the enzymes and interferes with the inflammatory process associated with osteoarthritis.
Sulphoraphane is released when eating vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. Researchers from the University of East Anglia propose that eating 100g (a handful) of broccoli every day can help to prevent the disease and possibly even slow down the progress of osteoarthritis.
The added benefit of adding this vegetable to your diet, is the subsequent weight loss, which can further reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. So, its worth swapping the odd portion of potatoes with a serving of broccoli.