A new double-blind randomised controlled study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that the ingestion of 5 or 10g of broccoli spout powder leads to a reduction of oxidative stress in type 2 Diabetics. The study included 81 Type 2 Iranian Diabetics who were assigned to receive 5 or 10g of Broccoli sprout powder or a placebo for 4 weeks. the results showed that the broccoli sprout group experienced a significant reduction in Malondialdehyde (a known marker of oxidative stress) as well as a reduction in oxidised LDL levels. The scientists conclude that further studies are required to establish the optimal dose of Broccoli sprout powder as well as a longer study duration. This is yet another step in the direction of our Nutrigenomic future.
The Beneficial health effects of Broccoli can be ascribed to the high sulphoraphane content which has been shown to be anti-carcinogenic due to its role in the detoxification process. Broccoli sprouts however are high in compounds called glucoraphanin which is a precursor to sulphoraphane and therefore more powerful.
I also recently learnt that Broccoli sprout powder is effective to reduce gastric inflammation and may eradicate H.Pylori which could lead to the development of stomach cancer.
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Z Bahadoran, P Mirmira, et al. “Broccoli sprouts reduce oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes: a randomized double-blind clinical trial” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.59