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.