Broccoli battles diabetes
Scientists have found another reason why people should be eating their broccoli, saying it can help people with diabetes.
A study published in journal Science Translational Medicine found the green vegetable contains an antioxidant known as sulforaphane which significantly lowered blood sugar levels.
Commonly prescribed drug metformin works to control blood sugar levels but does have gastric side-effects and cannot be taken by those with poor kidney function.
To find alternative treatments, researchers at Gothenburg University in Sweden turned to broccoli after mice studies showed sulforaphane resulted in a 23 per cent drop in blood sugar levels in just four weeks.
The 12-week randomised placebo-controlled trial involved nearly 100 people with type 2 diabetes who were given a powdered broccoli sprout extract, said to contain about 100 times the amount of sulforaphane found in broccoli.
In the group which took sulforaphane every morning for 12 weeks, the patients with poor glucose control and a body mass index at 30 or above had significantly lower blood sugar levels than the placebo group.
Super food: Broccoli could help diabetes sufferers.