Prevent arthritis and cancer with broccoli: Research proven

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by PF Louis

NaturalNews) By now, most Natural News readers have an inkling of  cruciferous vegetables’ ability to resist cancer cells from developing or impede  their growth once formed.
Out of those cruciferous vegetables, which  include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy  among others, broccoli has shown the most consistent and pronounced anticancer  effects with testing.
The types of broccoli grown and how it’s prepared  determine its anticancer power. The amount that has to be eaten for high  anticancer activity may be too much for most except the most ardent broccoli  lovers.
But recently, a more accessible variation of broccoli has been  proven so potent at delivering anticancer compounds that one group attempted to  patent it; fortunately, they were unsuccessful.
Now the same anti-cancer  compound in broccoli has been tested positively for its effects on existing  osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, a very common, painful and  debilitating degenerative joint condition that afflicts an estimated 20 million  people or more in the USA alone.
Older folks are most likely to suffer  from osteoarthritis, as joint wear and tear increases inflammation.

What the anticancer compound is and how it’s been tested

The anticancer  compound is sulfur-based sulforaphane. It doesn’t come gift wrapped in broccoli,  but the naturally occurring precursor glucoraphanin that creates it  does.
So it’s the glucoraphanin content that varies with different broccoli and is essential  for creating sulforaphane, releasing Phase-2 enzymes which neutralize highly  reactive forms of cancer-causing chemicals before they can damage DNA and  promote cancer. [1]
A very recent test of broccoli’s sulforaphane  creation and activity was focused on osteoarthritis instead of cancer.  The UK’s University of East Anglia in vitro (petri dish) study showed that  sulforaphane blocked a key inflammatory enzyme. Inflammation is the root of  osteoarthritis
They also completed in vivo (animal) studies showing that  mice fed a diet high with broccoli’s glucoraphanin-producing sulforaphane had  significantly less joint cartilage than mice who had less sulforaphane. The  study was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.  [2]
Now this same team will pursue a human trial. They even created a  super broccoli hybrid they call Beneforte, which 20 knee replacement patients  will consume 3.5 ounces daily  for two weeks before their surgeries. Another 20 similar patients will not  consume the Beneforte broccoli. All 40 removed tissues will be compared after  their knee replacement surgeries. [3]
Most guys know that consuming lots  of heated tomato products is a good way to enjoy Italian foods and protect  against prostate cancer with the anticancer agent lycopene.
But combining  cooked tomatoes with broccoli has been shown to offer cancer preventative  properties higher than either food alone. The animal (rat) study to determine  this was conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the  Solove Research Institute of Columbus, Ohio. It was published in the 2007 issue  of Cancer Research. [4]

The most potent broccoli tested and contested

In 1997, Johns Hopkins  University discovered that broccoli sprouts had 20 to 50 times the  glucoraphanin to sulforaphane capacity as regular broccoli. They were so  impressed with what they found that they formed Brassica Protection Products LLC  and patented their findings.
Then they played Monsanto and sued  individual commercial broccoli sprout farmers to eliminate the existing  competition. Naughty-naughty Johns Hopkins. Fortunately, the farmers united and  formed a defense that prevailed even after Brassica’s appeal in 2002.
The  Maryland judge ruled, … “merely describing unexpected beneficial results of a  known process does not entitle Plaintiffs (Brassica Protection Products) to  patent that process.” Finally, some justice in the justice system.  [5]
Due to exaggerated E. coli concerns, some commercial broccoli sprout  cultivators have resorted to using bleach as a disinfectant. That’s not too  healthy. The FDA recommends cooking them. Both of these measures disrupt enzymes  and healthy compounds in those sprouts.
Your options are buying  organically produced broccoli sprouts, which are difficult to find and  expensive, or better yet, simply sprouting your own organic broccoli seeds.
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