Broc­coli pill that can help con­trol di­a­betes

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

A CHEM­I­CAL in broc­coli, sulphoraphane, can help treat di­a­betes, ac­cord­ing to a new Swedish study.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Gothen­burg gave around 100 type 2 di­a­betes pa­tients ei­ther a high dose of sulphoraphane — equiv­a­lent to eat­ing 5kg broc­coli — or a placebo pill daily for three months.

Re­sults in the jour­nal Science Trans­la­tional Medicine showed that those who took the broc­coli pill had a 10% greater re­duc­tion in blood sugar lev­els than those tak­ing the placebo.

Sulphoraphane is thought to sup­press liver en­zymes that help re­lease sugar into the blood. The re­searchers plan to get the pill ap­proved as a new treat­ment.

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