EATING BROCCOLI MAY HELP PREVENT OSTEOARTHRITIS
I’m posting a link to this article and a few highlights for several reasons… if cruciferous foods have enough anti-inflammatory impact to stop and reverse osteoarthritis (about to be studied) and the pain associated… imagine the impact it could have on MS and a host of autoimmune conditions.
Dr Terri Wahls at the University of Iowa is already studying the impact on MS!!
Eating broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis
28 Aug 2013 MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
New research from the UK suggests that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, could help fight osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.
Led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), the study used cell and tissue tests to show that sulforaphane blocked cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.
The researchers also found that mice fed a sulforaphane-rich diet suffered significantly less cartilage damage and osteoarthritis compared with mice whose diet did not contain the compound. Their research is published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as:
Bok choy or Chinese cabbage.
Previous studies have already suggested that the compound has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
For instance, in 2012, US researchers reported how they found sulforaphane can prevent cancer by changing the way genes are expressed or activated.
First major study to show sulforaphane may influence joint health
But this new study is the first to show in a major way how the compound influences joint health. The team wanted to find out if sulforaphane got into joints in sufficient quantities to have an effect.
Lead researcher Ian Clark, professor of musculoskeletal biology at UEA, says:
“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.”
Prof. Clark says they now want to show it works in humans, “It would be very powerful if we could,” he adds.
The team is planning a small trial in 40 osteoarthritis patients due to have joint replacement surgery…
Osteoarthritis is a painful and often limiting joint disease affecting the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees in particular.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the condition affects 27 million American adults. In the UK, figures from Arthritis Research UK, who helped fund this new study, suggest more than 8.5 million people have the disease.
Age and obesity are the most common contributors to osteoarthritis. There is currently no cure, other than pain relief – which often does not work, or joint replacement.
“Developing new strategies for combating age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis is vital, both to improve the quality of life for sufferers and to reduce the economic burden on society.”
Although surgery is successful, he says, it is not the answer. Once you have the condition, it is important to slow its progress, and progression to surgery. Plus, he explains that prevention is preferable, and changes to lifestyle and diet may be the only way to achieve it:
Prof. Clark: “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 future.
There is currently no way in to the disease pharmaceutically and you cannot give healthy people drugs unnecessarily, so this is where diet could be a safe alternative.”
Could other dietary compounds protect joints?
Studies like these help establish whether changes to diet might work. Prof. Clark says once you know that, you can can start looking for other dietary compounds with similar effects, and then be in position to advise people what to eat to protect their joints.
Professor Alan Silman, medical director for Arthritis Research UK, says:
“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.”
Catharine Paddock PhD. “Eating broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 28 Aug. 2013. Web.