And it's not a surprise to see why this tree-like plant is loved by so many as not only is it tasty raw and cooked, but it also has countless health benefits. It helps in cholesterol reduction, bone health improvement, detoxification, better digestion and improvement in eye health. Researchers say consuming extracts of broccoli - a cruciferous vegetable rich in vitamins, fibre and disease-fighting phytochemicals - may be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. Not only that, an evidence has been provided that, it can even eliminate the growth of cancer cells.
As some medicines to treat diabetes, such as the common Metformin, can not be taken by patients due to the negative impact it has on their kidneys, broccoli has proved to be a key vegetable for people with the condition.
The team constructed a signature for Type 2 diabetes based on 50 genes and then used publically available expression data sets to screen 3,852 compounds for drugs that potentially reverse the disease.
Sulforaphane reversed the disease signature in the livers from diabetic animals and cut exaggerated glucose production and glucose intolerance by a magnitude similar to that of metformin, said Annika Axelsson from the Lund University in Sweden. Sulforaphane was provided as concentrated broccoli sprout extract to 97 obese patients with type 2 diabetes during a 12-week randomised placebo-controlled trial.
Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study which offers a much needed alternative to address the worldwide epidemic.
In the study, conducted on rats, this compound reduced glucose production by liver cells that were growing in culture and shifted the liver gene expression away from a diseased state in the rats with diabetes. The results showed that it significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c).