Broccoli sprouts: valuable allies against type 2 diabetes

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Those with type 2 diabetes know how important proper nutrition is to keep blood sugar at bay. Now new research has highlighted the potential of broccoli sprouts to keep blood sugars at the right levels.

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Who is affected by 2 type diabetes knows how important proper nutrition is to keep blood sugar at bay. Now new research has highlighted the potential of broccoli sprouts to keep blood sugars in the right levels.





What a research group from the University of Lund in Sweden has discovered may open the door to new natural therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The team led by Professor Anders Rosengren has in fact highlighted how a antioxidant present in broccoli (sulfur) is able to significantly lower blood sugar.

To arrive at this result, the research, published in Science Translational Medicine, initially analyzed about 4000 compounds used in medicines against diabetes, ultimately focusing precisely on the sulforato (or sulforaphane) present in broccoli.

Un sample of 97 obese patients was monitored for 12 weeks. About volunteers a sulfur-based compound was tested extracted from broccoli sprouts, comparing it to a placebo by a control group. What have we managed to highlight? After the recruitment period, the glycated hemoglobin of patients, (i.e. the indicator of the presence of type 2 diabetes) it had dropped considerably.

The sulfur concentrate has been shown to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels as it is able to suppress the production of glucose by the liver cells but at the same time also to reduce the production by the enzymes.

The conclusion of the team of experts is that the concentrate is extracted from broccoli it could become a valuable blood sugar supplement in the future also to be included in drugs against diabetes.

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Broccoli and broccoli sprouts for our health

Ma the potential of the active ingredients contained in broccoli does not stop there. We have talked to you several times about these vegetables as several researches have wanted to analyze the substances present in them to see the possible fields of medical application. For example, it turned out that broccoli and broccoli sprouts are capable of prevent breast cancer. In particular, broccoli sprouts contain isothiocyanate, a substance that has a detoxifying action on cells while the mature plant contains indole-3-carbinol, with inhibitory effects on this type of cancer.



The so-called "green prevention"However, broccoli also works against oral cancers, helps keep the heart and arteries clean and prevents arthritis and osteoarthritis. Moreover, thanks to the presence of sulforatane, broccoli and crucifers in general would also help kill the cells of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

On the beneficial action of broccoli for our health, read also:


  • Broccoli to detoxify from smog and air pollution
  • Premenstrual syndrome? Choose broccoli and iron-rich foods
  • Broccoli and broccoli sprouts to prevent breast cancer
  • Carrots and broccoli fight childhood obesity
  • Benefort: here is the super broccoli that helps lower "bad" cholesterol

When in season, therefore, let's take advantage of it and we eat broccoli and crucifers more often!


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