Benefits of eating Broccoli !!

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Health Benefits of eating Broccoli !!

You guys remember a funny looking a vegetable that looks like a little big tree that looked like as if it were a part of a science exhibition model of a forest. And that fact that you specifically sorted out or spat this vegetable every time your mother served you dinner? Well, its time to make your mother proud for all the fuss you created when you were younger. 

Go to the store, buy some broccoli, cook it yourselves and this time make sure you eat them. Why are we forcing you to eat broccoli, you ask? Well, broccoli has some really healthy and strong benefits that can possibly protect you from serious disease in the future. And while it may look like a funny looking little tree whose power you underestimated years ago, this vegetable is probably the tree of life that just might give you good health and even may save your life 

Broccoli may be able to cure diabetes !!

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Broccoli may be able to cure diabetes !!

According to a study. Concentrated broccoli sprout extract can help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed in more than 300 million people around the world. As many as 15 % of these patients cannot take up the first lien therapy metformin due to its kidney damaging risk factors.

Researchers then came up with a much more easier solution that could counter the disease-associated gene expression changes linked with type 2 diabetes

A study was carried out in which the researchers gave concentrated broccoli sprout extracts to 97 individuals, most of who were type 2 diabetes patients in a12 week randomized placebo-controlled trial.

Results showed that obese participants who took part in the study with dysregulated disease displayed significantly reduced fasting blood glucose levels compared to controls.

The study was carried out by Annika S.Axelsson and a team of researchers.

Enriched Broccoli reduces Cholesterol !!

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Enriched Broccoli reduces Cholesterol !!

Researchers just found out that a new broccoli variety in the diet reduced blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6 %. The so-called broccoli variety was bred to contain 2-3 times more a particular naturally occurring substance called glucoraphanin.

Elevated LDL cholesterol is a common risk factor for heart disease.

Researchers carried out a study where they gave a total of 130 participants 400 g of the high glucoraphanin broccoli per week to include in their normal diet.  The following results were observed -

    • After 12 weeks the levels of LDL cholesterol in their blood dropped by an average of about 6 %.
    • While the trial is small, a 1 % reduction in LDL- cholesterol has been linked with a 1-2 % reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.

So what does Glucoraphanin really do?

Glucoraphanin works by the process of helping our bodies re-tune cellular metabolism. You definitely must have heard of something called Mitochondria right. Well, the mitochondria (the power centers of the cell) converts sugars and fats into energy. But if they aren’t functioning properly, or if overload our bodies with too much fat or sugar,  its next response would be to channel all the excess stuff into cholesterol. 

Glucoraphanin turns on specific genes that activate our bodies defenses to prevent this from happening and finally re-balances our body’s metabolism.

Other foods that have been proven to lower LDL-cholesterol are beta-glucans in oats and plant stands. These work by decreasing cholesterol absorption into the body.

The study was carried out by a team of researchers.

Broccoli could prevent osteoarthritis !!

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Broccoli could prevent osteoarthritis !!

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which affects the hands, feet, hips, spine and most commonly the knees. Aging and obesity are the most common contributors to this condition. And while there is no cure or a really effective treatment for the disease, the only options are either pain relief which is often inadequate or joint replacement. The condition is also another major cause of disability and can gradually get worse during aging periods or in people who suffer from obesity.

Researchers found out a certain compound found in broccoli could be the key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis.

The certain compound was something called sulforaphane. It normally gets released when people consume cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and specifically broccoli. These are also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

So what does Sulforaphane do?

It was found that sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that caused joint destruction by stopping a key molecule responsible for causing inflammation. Researchers want ted to test to see whether if the compound got into the joints in sufficient amounts could be effective or not.

Researchers believe that a common vegetable like broccoli just might have all the required health benefits to cure people with osteoarthritis. Sooner or later, consuming the vegetable alone itself could possible protect the individual from developing the disease in the first place. 

The research was carried out by Ian M. Clark a professor of Musco-skeletal biology and a team of researchers at the University of East Anglia.

Other Reasons to eat Broccoli !!

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Other Reasons to eat Broccoli !!

researchers have found in a new study that Broccoli and other related vegetables in the Brassica family are loaded with health-promoting compounds known as phenolics. Consumption of these phenolic compounds, including certain flavonoids, is associated with -

    • lower risks of coronary heart disease
    • type 2 diabetes
    • asthma
    • several types of cancer

Phenolic compounds? What are they?

Phenolic compounds have good antioxidant activity and studies I the past have proven that this particular anti-oxidant activity affects biochemical pathways linked with inflammation in mammals. 

While we need inflammation as it is a natural response to disease or damage, it can also be associated with the initiation of a number of degenerative diseases.  However, people whose diets include a certain level of these compounds are more likely to have a lesser risk of contracting these diseases. 

Phenolic compounds are usually flavorless and stable, meaning these vegetables can be cooked without losing their health-promoting qualities.

Once these vegetables are consumed, the phenolic compounds are absorbed and targeted to certain areas of the body or concentrated in the liver. Flavonoids spread through the bloodstream, decreasing inflammation through their antioxidant activity. 

One of the researchers concluded by saying that the ideal consumption style would be to consume broccoli or any other Brassica vegetable every three or four days to lower the risk of cancers and other degenerative diseases.

The study was carried out by Jack Juvik and a team of researchers from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.