Sunday, August 10, 2008

broccoli is good for you - diabetics

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New research suggests that eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels.

key is a compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane.
encourages production of enzymes which protect the blood vessels, and a reduction in high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage.

Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes are up to five times more likely to develop in people with diabetes; both are linked to damaged blood vessels.

Sulforaphane activated a protein in the body called nrf2, which protects cells and tissues from damage by activating protective antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes, researchers found.

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