A new study has found that eating broccoli could help prevent or slow the most common form of arthritis.
Researchers found that sulforaphane - a compound usually found in broccoli but also in sprouts and cabbage - slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease affecting the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees.
The study, funded by medical research charity Arthritis Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Diet and Health Research Industry Club and The Dunhill Medical Trust, was conducted by a team of researchers at University of East Anglia .
Ian Clark, professor of musculoskeletal biology said: “The results from this study are very promising. We have shown that this works in the three laboratory models we have tried, in cartilage cells, tissue and mice. We now want to show this works in humans. It would be very powerful if we could. As well as treating those who already have the condition, you need to be able to tell healthy people how to protect their joints into the future.”