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Broccoli’s role in combatting diabetes


An antioxidant in broccoli can significantly reduce blood sugar levels, a new study has revealed.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have discovered that sulforaphane could have a major role to play in the fight against type-2 diabetes.

“There are strong indications that this can become a valuable supplement to existing medication,” said Anders Rosengren, Docent in Metabolic Physiology at the University of Gothenburg.

By genetically mapping the liver and undertaking ‘computer-based mathematical analyses’ – to identify compounds capable of combatting increased glucose production in the livers of diabetics – the team found, in animal studies on mice and rats, that sulforaphane reduced blood sugar levels by about a quarter over a four week period.

Around four to five kilograms of broccoli provide a daily dose of sulforaphane. The team said the “plan is to have a functional food preparation out within two years”.

“Sulforaphane targets a central mechanism in type 2 diabetes and has a mild side-effect profile. As functional food, it can reach the patients faster than a medication, and it is also an interesting concept from a diabetes perspective where diet is central,” Anders added.

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