Value of Broccoli for Diabetics


Good Day Everyone! Hope you are doing well. I have some informative information regarding Broccoli and family due to the positive benefits that it has nutritionally on diabetics.

Broccoli sprouts may boost antioxidant defenses in people with diabetes. These findings were published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” A daily dose of  broccoli sprouts was associated with an increase in the total antioxidant capacity of the blood, and crucial reductions in malondialdehyde (MDA), a reactive carbonyl compound and well-established marker of oxidative stress. The study adds to the growing body of science supporting the potential health benefits of broccoli and broccoli sprouts, often praised for their potential anti-cancer activity.

The tissue of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, contain high levels of the active plant chemicals glucosinolates. These are metabolized by the body into isothiocyanates, which are powerful antioxidants and  valuable anti-carcinogens. The main isothiocyanate from broccoli is called sulphoraphane.

A new study employed a broccoli sprout that provided high levels of sulphoraphane isothiocyanates.  It examined the potential antioxidant activity of broccoli to counter oxidative stress in diabetics.

For those of you that are not aware, Oxidative stress has been linked to an increased risk of various diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

Oxygen-breathing organisms naturally produce reactive oxygen species which play an important role in a range of functions, including cell signaling. However, over production of these reactive oxygen species from smoking, pollution, sunlight, high intensity exercise, or the human aging process, may overwhelm the body’s antioxidant defenses and lead to oxidative stress.

It is also important to note that oxidative stress is a key driver in the onset of insulin resistance, which ultimately leads to diabetes. Diabetes itself is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress, and this can promote the development of diabetes-related complications.

I hope you enjoyed and learned something that you can use in you daily eating strategy.

Thanks for reading!

Jeremy LaRochester
904-497-4472

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Posted on January 28, 2015, in Diabetes, fitness, Nutrition, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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