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More reasons to love broccoli

Discussion in 'Health, Somatics & Psychological Well-being' started by Linda, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:11 PM.

  1. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    I grew up hearing that broccoli was nature's broom - the polite way of saying it was good for moving things along your digestive tract. I love it steamed with lemon juice and salt or with a little goat cheese. I have given up two of my childhood staples of broccoli-cheese-rice casserole and broccoli-cheese soup.

    Sulforaphane, one of the agents in broccoli, may have a great potential in dealing with type 2 diabetes. The preliminary studies done with mice and people show the powdered form of sulforaphane yielded as good results as did the most prescribed drug. More tests are needed, but they are hopeful about bringing this pill to market. Why a pill? You would have to eat 8 pounds of broccoli to get the same benefits as one pill.

    In their search for an alternative therapy, researcher Annika Axelson of the University of Gothenburg and her colleagues decided to use a different tactic. Instead of targeting an individual gene or protein, they focused on identifying the genes responsible for the liver's elevated glucose production, a key disease mechanism. By analyzing the liver tissue of diabetic mice that had been fed a high-fat diet, they eventually identified a network of 50 genes responsible for causing increased blood glucose levels. This was then matched against different compounds for drugs that could potentially reverse the disease.

    Of the 2,800 substances that they investigated, one stood out: sulforaphane. Researchers were alerted to its potential impact on diabetes when they found it tamping down glucose production in cultured liver cells.

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  2. Lila

    Lila Visiting Paragon Staff Member Moderator

    I understand that one gets the most 'bang for their buck' with sulpha compounds by eating broccoli sprouts. I've found them in stores quite readily but also have found kits that allow you to sprout them yourself with ease, making it pretty simple to add this little beauty to your daily diet. Goes great sprinkled on salads, as garnish, or just as a handful straight up with lunch.
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  3. Slayer

    Slayer Visiting Paragon

    There was a time when I was getting vegetarian and I made a short research on he Internet about the foods that must be included in the diet of a non-meat eater. Broccoli seems to be one of them, together with other green vegetables like Brussels sprouts and spinach.

    I love it boiled with potatoes, after which I add a spread similar to salsa and vinegar.
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  4. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    OK...I'll admit it.

    I especially like broccoli...o:)...because it helps make some awesome trumpeting noises from one's "nether" regions! O.o:D


    :-D :-)) :fp s:p :bag
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