This time I am going to talk about broccoli as an ally against the consequences of diabetes.

Eating broccoli could reverse the damage that diabetes inflicts on heart blood vessels. The key is most likely a compound in the vegetable called sulforaphane.

Sulforaphane encourages production of enzymes that protect the blood vessels, and reduces the number of molecules that cause cell damage by up to 73%.

broccoli & diabetes

broccoli & diabetes

People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, both of which are linked to damaged blood vessels.

Keeping your heart healthy is extremely important if you have diabetes. Heart disease is actually the most common side effect of the condition, and 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart attack or stroke.

If diabetes is not controlled, it can damage blood vessels, including those leading to the brain and heart. This encourages the formation of plaques (also known as atherosclerosis), which can ultimately make it difficult for blood to flow through the vessels and causing your blood pressure to rise.

How might broccoli help?

One of broccoli’s most powerful compounds is the phytochemical sulforaphane. This compound has been found to restore your immune system as you age and increase your liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogenic compounds and free radicals. This in turn protects against cell mutations, cancer and other harmful effects.

It turns out sulforaphane protects your heart via two routes:

  1. It reduces levels of harmful molecules called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).
  2. It activates a protein called nrf2, which triggers protective antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes that protect your cells and tissues.

Broccoli is not the only vegetable that contains sulforaphane, though. Most of the veggies in the cruciferous family also contain it, and this includes vegetables such as turnips, cabbage, bok choy, rutabaga, mustard greens, cauliflower, radishes and many others.

To really get the most benefit, it helps to find out your nutritional type, as some people actually do not well with broccoli.

What is the best way to eat broccoli?

The three best options are: eating broccoli sprouts (before they fully develop as a vegetable), or eat the vegetable raw or steamed.

And remember that the key to preventing diseases like diabetes and their consequent related issues (heart attacks) is to keep a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and to eliminate stress in our lives.

This is the original article in case you want to read it: “Broccoli Reverses Diabetes Damage.”

 

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