Can eating broccoli reduce the risk of diabetes?

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The tasty green florets of broccoli are ripped with sulforaphane, a compound that seems to help keep high blood sugar goons on their best behavior, so they do less damage. When your blood sugar is chronically high, it can damage the cells of your heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves. But in a recent petri-dish study, adding sulforaphane to a mix of blood vessel cells and glucose cut oxidation (read damage) by as much as 73 percent. More research is needed to see if sulforaphane in the diet is as protective. But we already know that the compound is a super cancer fighter.

Eating broccoli can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control. A concentrated extract of a substance in broccoli called sulforaphane can help obese people with type 2 diabetes control recurring high levels of blood sugar.

Sulforaphane is a chemical found in certain vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. However, broccoli sprouts are a particularly rich source.

The extract from broccoli is not like the sulforaphane supplements available at health food stores. Moreover, people with diabetes should consult with their doctor before a significant change in diet.

Most cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale and broccoli, contain cancer-fighting properties. But broccoli sprouts offer the largest amount of sulforaphane, which can also bolster the body’s protective enzymes and eliminate cancer-causing chemicals.

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