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Broccoli, possibly an anti-arthritis vegetable
| Updated at: 1604 PST, Sunday, September 19, 2010|
LONDON: Scientists are trying to investigate the effect of sulforaphane, a bioactive compound found in broccoli, on the enzymes linked to osteoarthritis.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia, England conducted initial laboratory tests to see if the compound that is found in broccoli could slow or prevent the development arthritis.
Arthritis is a joint disorder characterized by inflammation of the area where the two different bones meet. In the test conducted, it was found out that sulforaphane has the ability to block the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.
The researchers wanted to find out more about the compound found in broccoli whether it could slow or prevent osteoarthritis development.
Developing new strategies for combating diseases associated with old age is important, according to Ian Clark, leader of the said research project.
He added that it is vital to alleviate the suffering of those inflicted with the disease and in a way, reduce the economic burden of the society.
The three-year research project will also dig on the effects of other dietary compounds on osteoarthritis. This includes diallyl disulphide, a compound found in high amounts in garlic.
The said compound appears to slow the destruction of cartilage in laboratory models.