A very interesting article was written on the Mayo Clinic website about broccoliâ€™s ability to reverse diabetes damage. The Mayo Clinic is a very credible and highly renowned hospital that has a great reputation as a pioneer and innovator in medicine – patient care, medical research and academic education. The article discussed a research study in which scientists examined the phytochemical sulforaphane, found in broccoli.
Research has shown that sulforaphane seems to help:
- Produce enzymes in the body that protect blood vessels, which is achieved by reducing tissue damaging substances triggered by high blood sugar. Vascular disease is a major complication of diabetes. This type of disease can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and circulation issues in extremities, which could lead to possible amputation.
- Activate genes that regulate protective antioxidant (scavenger harmful free radicals) and detoxifying enzymes.
- Eliminated defects in DNA (therefore, it’s not repeated/copied in gene formation meaning a reduction in cancer occurrence).
- Reduced prostate cancer in men
- And the one of the most significant findings was that broccoli may help with the reversal of high blood sugar damage.
To sum it upâ€¦ broccoli is a super food!
If you find this information as interesting as I do and want to incorporate broccoli into your diet, but arenâ€™t a huge fan of it, here are some alternatives. Itâ€™s good to know that broccoli is a member of the Brassica group of vegetables in the mustard family. Others in this family include:
- Root vegetables â€” rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi
- Leafy vegetables â€” cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, rapini, collard greens, bok choy, napa (Chinese cabbage), mustard greens
- Flowers â€” cauliflower, broccoli, broccoflower
- Seeds â€” mustard seed and rapeseed (from which canola oil is derived)
Remember its recommended to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies every day!
March 29th, 2009