Researchers in the United Kingdom assured that eating broccoli may slow down and prevent the onset of osteoarthritis, a disease of the joints. Osteoarthritis is a thinning of the joint cartilage and belongs to a group of degenerative diseases that experienced by the elderly.
A Successful Test in Mice and Cells
The team of researchers from the University of East Anglia conducted a series of trials in humans after a successful trial at a research laboratory. They managed to find a positive association. Previously, experiments in mice and cells show if broccoli is able to block the destructive enzymes that can damage the function of cartilage.
Then the researchers also conducted a survey to 20 patients who ate special broccoli every day. Patients who consumed broccoli is a special nutrient-rich broccoli. In addition, the broccoli is the result of a cross between broccoli (standard) with wild broccoli from Sicily.
The researchers revealed broccoli that consumed contains glucoraphanin which is then converted by the body into sulforaphane, and this is very useful in protecting the joints.
The participants who took part in this experiment have been on a diet for about two weeks before finally undergoing surgery with the goal of fixing problems on their knees.
Dr. Rose Davidson and other researchers then see the network that has been taken from the participants to determine whether there are effects after eating broccoli. “We ask the patient to consume 100 grams of broccoli every day for 2 weeks. It is a normal portion, and people would love to eat broccoli every day”, said Davidson.
Although 2 weeks still not enough to show a big change, but Dr. Davidson believes and hopes that it is enough to show proof if eating ‘super broccoli’ can be beneficial to humans, especially for joints in the body. The findings of the researchers are to be hope for those who have joint disease. However, the researchers did not expect too high if broccoli can cure arthritis, but at least these vegetables can prevent it.
“Until now, research has been done still failed to demonstrate that the food has a role in reducing the progression of osteoarthritis. So, if the findings can be applied to humans, then it could be a breakthrough”, said Alan Silman, from Arthritis Research Center in England.
“We know that exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the chances of joint disease development, but with the research on broccoli and osteoarthritis, adding our understanding of how food can play its role.”
More than 8 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that causes disorder on the spine, knees, thighs, legs, and hands.