Cruciferous vegetable to prevent and slow down osteoarthritis, researchers say


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and it is associated with the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of the joints. Osteoarthritis is not the result of injury or disease but occurs more frequently when the joint ages. It usually affects males before age 45, and starts to affect women after 55 years of age.

Sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli but also in Brussels sprouts and cabbage could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis. Results from the laboratory study show that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis. 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.

Researchers are still looking for additional proof that sulforaphane is causing beneficial changes at the cellular level.
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So far, doctors have recommended exercise and keeping to a healthy weight to improve symptoms and prevent chances of the disease progressing. This new discovery could add a new dimension in understanding the role of diet in preventing common diseases....