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Broccoli fights against Arthritis : A new research finding

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Updated: 07:12 GMT, Apr 27, 2015 | Published: 07:12 GMT, Apr 27, 2015 |
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A new research finding has been done on Broccoli. The researchers say that, one dose of Sulforadex or SFX-01, the synthetic version of a compound called Sulforophane, is the equivalent of eating 5.5lb of the Broccoli. The Sulforophane compound is found mainly in broccoli but also in sprouts and cabbage, which slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis.

A musculoskeletal biology professor said, the results from this study are very promising. They have shown that this works in the three laboratory models they have tried, in cartilage cells, tissue and mice. They now want to show this works in humans. It would be very powerful if they could. As well as treating those who already have the condition, they need to be able to tell healthy people how to protect their joints into the future.

Presently, more than 8.5 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease affecting the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees. Ageing and obesity are the most common contributors to the condition and it is predicted the number of people seeking treatment will rise sharply by 2035.

Sulforophane blocks the inflammation and damage to joint cartilage associated with arthritis but is too unstable to be used in a medicine. Nearly nine million Britains have osteoarthritis and there is no cure or effective treatment other than joint replacement or pain relief.