A synthetic version of a substance that is found in the composition of broccoli could be crucial in the treating of arthritis, according to the latest scientific research.
For a long time it is known that sulforaphane, organic compound of sulfur which can be found in broccoli, has anti-inflammatory effect and reduces the damage of cartilage that causes arthritis.
However, in order to have improvement you would have to eat several kilograms of this food, every day.
British drug company “Eugene Pharma” has recently developed a stable synthetic version of sulforapfane, and it should be possible to have it in pill form in the future.
During experiments conducted on mice it was found that Sulforadex significantly improves bone structure and movement.
“The clinical development of sulforaphane so far was prevented by the fact that it was inherently unstable – SFX-01 is a major scientific breakthrough in this field. A cure or effective treatment against this disease, except painkillers, for now is non-existent, so that the potential benefits of SFX-01 could be huge, “says Professor Andrew Pitsillides from the Royal Veterinary College in London, author and lead researcher on the study.
Scientists also believe that broccoli reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer, as well as that it improves the symptoms of autism.
The number of people suffering from arthritis in the UK currently stands at more than 9 million, and British National Health Service annually spends more than 5 billion pounds.