Do you have joint pains or suffer from Arthritis? According to a recent study, eating broccoli can help you manage your pain better. The study was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. It stated that broccoli can help in getting relief from inflammation in osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease in which cartilages that normally protect joints start to wear away under the influence of inflammatory factors.
Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, B, K, C and nutrients such as potassium, zinc and fiber. It is found that consumption of sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli can lead to less cartilage damage. This sulfur-based compound is found effective in blocking enzymes that contribute to inflammation in cartilages.
Other factors that can help you in osteoarthritis are eating healthy and including some activity in your daily routine. It’s a common myth that exercises can harm your joints, if you suffering from arthritis. In fact, doing joint friendly exercises and water based activities can increase muscle strength and bone structure. Strengthening exercises with low impact cardio like walking are swimming are preferable options.
You need to watch your diet and stick to healthy and balanced meals. Minimize sugar and fat intake in your diet. You can opt for seasonal vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lentils, low fat dairy products and avoid packaged and processed foods.
Eating broccoli can protect your joints from damage. However, consuming broccoli cannot reverse or cure osteoarthritis, but is a way to prevent it.