Green Food Therapy for Joint Health

Green cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and brussel sprouts contain sulphorafane, which is beneficial for preventing arthritis.  On a silly note, 4 leaf clovers and shamrocks are still under investigation by Leprechaun researchers in Ireland.

A British study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that sulforaphane, a sulfurous compound can slow the destruction of cartilage in joints.  So what foods contain sulforaphane?

Loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as potassium, zinc, fiber, and sulforaphane, broccoli is a wonderful example of real food therapy.  In a recent study, researchers found that mice who consumed a diet high in sulforaphane, also present in broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, had less cartilage damage and fewer signs of osteoarthritis than mice on a diet without sulforaphane.  Studies conducted with actual human cartilage supported the mice study as these studies showed that sulforaphane protects against cartilage cell damage by blocking enzymes that contribute to inflammation.

The newer focus of researchers is to determine whether or not diets high in broccoli can improve the results of patients with arthritis who get a knee replacement.  The passage of time will be the persuader.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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