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Broccoli could help fight arthritis

Eating broccoli could help prevent or slow the most
common form of arthritis.

Daily Express
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Researchers from the University of East Anglia found that
sulforaphane - a compound found mainly in broccoli but
also in sprouts and cabbage - slows down the destruction
of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often
debilitating osteoarthritis.

Ian Clark, professor of musculoskeletal biology at the
Norwich university, said: "The results from this study
are very promising. We have shown that this works in the
three laboratory models we have tried, in cartilage
cells, tissue and mice. We now want to show this works in
humans. It would be very powerful if we could."

Prof Clark continued: "As well as treating those who
already have the condition, you need to be able to tell
healthy people how to protect their joints into the

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.

Alan Silman, Arthritis Research UK's medical director,
said: "This is an interesting study with promising
results as it suggests that a common vegetable, broccoli,
might have health benefits for people with osteoarthritis
and even possibly protect people from developing the
disease in the first place.

"Until now research has failed to show that food or diet
can play any part in reducing the progression of
osteoarthritis, so if these findings can be replicated in
humans, it would be quite a breakthrough.

"We know that exercise and keeping to a healthy weight
can improve people's symptoms and reduce the chances of
the disease progressing, but this adds another layer in
our understanding of how diet could play its part."

The study was funded by medical research charity
Arthritis Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council's Diet and Health Research
Industry Club and The Dunhill Medical Trust. Previous
research has suggested that sulforaphane has anti-cancer
and anti-inflammatory properties, but this is the first
major study into its effects on joint health

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