Protect your joints by eating Broccoli

Latest research from the University of East Anglia in the UK suggests that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, could help fight osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

 

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The study showed that sulforaphane blocked cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

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Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as:

  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Sprouts (20 times more sulforaphane than whole broccoli)
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale
  • Savoy Cabbage and Red Cabbage
  • Bok choy or Chinese cabbage.
  • Horseradish
  • Arugula
  • Collard Greens

In addition to protecting bone-cushioning cartilage in your joints, it will help prevent cancer, diabetes, gastro distress, heart disease and protect your liver.

Steamed, puréed, in soups and in stir-fries, or oven-roasted – even raw – this cruciferous vegetable delivers two bioactive chemicals: Sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol.

The sulforaphane seems particularly joint-friendly and, when teamed with its partner indole-3-carbinol,  it helps every system in your body.

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For maximum joint protection, make sure to eat plenty of those tasty veggies and other ant-inflammatory foods.

Those include strawberries, blueberries and carrots, as well as healthy olive, walnut and canola oil, and fatty fish with omega-3 DHA; we like salmon and ocean trout.

I also suggest you take 900 mg daily of an algal oil DHA supplement. You’ll stay flexible, reduce pain and feel younger.

 

Do you eat a lot of broccoli? What is your favourite way to cook it?