Using Veggies to Build Strong Knees
Cartilage breaks down as people age, contributing to the development of osteoarthritis. A study in mice found that sulforaphane, a compound that is abundant in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy), may prevent the degradation of cartilage. Researchers destabilized the knee joints of mice and then fed them either a sulforaphane-rich diet or a control diet. Twelve weeks later, the mice fed the broccoli compound had significantly less cartilage damage than the control mice. The authors conclude that a diet rich in foods containing sulforaphane may help prevent or slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
Source: Arthritis and Rheumatism, published online Aug. 27, 2013