Diabetes is on the rise across the world, but what if a plant could prove to be the cure? It turns out the answer just might be broccoli.
And, more specifically, a compound found in broccoli: Sulforophane. Sulforophane is a miracle compound you have probably never heard of.
Found in its highest concentrations in broccoli, and especially broccoli sprouts, the compound is something anyone can easily add to their diet simply by adding broccoli.
In the most recent study, control participants were given the equivalent of 5 kilograms of broccoli every single day for a number of weeks, some 100 times the amount of sulforophane found in broccoli.
The results indicate that the concentrated dose lowered participants’ blood sugar by up to 10% more than participants given a placebo, an encouraging outcome.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick remarks on the potential of this discovery:
“Type 2 diabetics given broccoli sprout extract containing 150 μmol sulforaphane for 12 weeks lowered blood glucose levels by 10% compared to placebo.
Broccoli sprout extract reduced HbA1c by 7.04% in obese patients with dysregulated type 2 diabetes. It has been demonstrated that a 1% decrease of HbA1c corresponds to 37% reduced risk of microvascular complications.
Sulforaphane reduces glucose by suppressing liver enzymes that otherwise stimulate the production of glucose.
In animals, sulforaphane also attenuated exaggerated glucose production and glucose intolerance by a magnitude similar to that of metformin.”
Considering that the market for diabetes drugs in 2012 was $37 billion, this could prove to be a major breakthrough – and diabetes isn’t the only arena where broccoli has shown promise.
In recent years, concentrated broccoli has also been researched as a treatment for high blood pressure, damaged lungs, some cancers, and even seen as a possible preventive measure against strokes.