5 Kilograms of Broccoli A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

“Broccoli extract lowers blood sugar

EATING your greens just got even better for you. A substance found in broccoli can reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Anders Rosengren [and colleagues (2017)] at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden tested sulphoraphane, found in broccoli sprouts, in a trial of 97 people with type 2 diabetes.

On average, those who received it saw their blood glucose level reduce by 10 per cent more than
those on a placebo.

This drop should be enough to reduce diabetes complications in the eyes, kidneys and blood, says Rosengren. But it would be hard to try this at home – the study dose was equivalent to eating 5 kilograms of broccoli a day.” (New Scientist, 2017, p.19).


New Scientist (2017) In Brief: Broccoli Extract Lowers Blood Sugar. New Scientist. 24 June 2017.

Axelsson, A.S., Tubbs, E., Mecham, B., Chacko, S., Nenonen, H.A., Tang, Y., Fahey, J.W., Derry, J.M.J., Wollheim, C.B., Wierup, N., Haymond, M.W., Friend, S.H., Mulder, H. & Rosengren. (2017) Sulforaphane reduces hepatic glucose production and improves glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Science: Translational Medicine. 9(394), pp.eaah4477. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aah4477.


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