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Broccoli Compound Seems To Improve Joint Health

August 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The compound sulforaphane, which is found in cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and particularly broccoli, slows the destruction of cartilage in joints affected by osteoarthritis, a British study in mice has found. Earlier research suggested that sulforaphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. But in this study researchers showed that sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction by stopping a key molecule known to cause inflammation. The researchers are launching a small clinical trial to test the impact of sulforaphane on the joints of patients slated to have knee replacement surgery.
Rose K Davidson et al., "Sulforaphane represses matrix-degrading proteases and protects cartilage from destruction in vitro and in vivo", Arthritis & Rheumatism, August 27, 2013, © American College of Rheumatology
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