Your mother always told you to eat your broccoli for a reason. According to a recent study released by Arthritis and Rheumatism August 28, the leafy green vegetable may help slow down arthritis. Researchers from the University of East Anglia is set to begin human trials after lab studies showed that the sulforaphane in broccoli improved joint problems in cows and mice. Additionally, a 2010 lab-based study published in the European Journal of Dentistry found broccoli to offer great benefits to the tooth’s enamel. So, filling up a plate with fresh broccoli may help stave off osteoarthritis and keep you from needing cavity treatments.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia examined the health of human cartilage cells and cow cartilage tissue to find its effects on joint health specifically. Previous research found vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. The study concluded that mice that were fed a diet rich in sulforaphane had much less cartilage damage than the mice that did not eat the compound. As there is no cure or treatment to effectively combat osteoarthritis, the researchers believe that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables can be an ideal preventative measure.