Broccoli pill that can help control diabetes
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.