Broc­coli bat­tles di­a­betes

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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.

Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/Paul Miller

Su­per food: Broc­coli could help di­a­betes suf­fer­ers.

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