Among all the diseases, Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. with 30.3 million people of all ages grappling with it. Sadly, 90 percent of those who are diagnosed with this disease suffer from diabetes type 2 which can be life-threatening if not treated cautiously. According to the American Diabetes Association, around 79,535 people died of Diabetes in 2015 ranking 7th in the causes of deaths in America. Diabetes type 2 is a condition in which the cells of the body are not able to use sugar properly in order to produce energy as they grow insensitive to insulin. What is more horrifying about this disease is that it is incurable. Though medical science is progressing with leaps and bounds, unfortunately, no cure has been found till now for diabetes.
Well, you can’t get rid of it wholly but you surely can reduce it to the level that it would seem almost negligible and in that endeavor, broccoli can help you a lot. Yes! you read it right! A new research has found that broccoli is nothing less than a panacea for diabetic type 2 diagnosed. It has a substance in it which’s concentrated extract called sulforaphane, helps the patients keep their high blood sugar in control. The study was 12 weeks long and included a very small population ie. 97 people diagnosed with diabetes. Another thing was that the extract was supplemented with the conventional medicine and was not used instead of it. One point to note here is that the sulforaphane used by the researchers were pure and free of any side effects unlike the one found in a local health store. Dr. Anders Rosengren, senior researcher at the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden explained: “The way that you produce and process the extract is important to keep the sulforaphane intact.” The source of their sulforaphane was Brussels, cauliflower, sprouts, and broccoli.
Earlier there have been many cases when a substance seemed beneficial initially but soon failed to perform. The researchers hope that would not be the case with broccoli extracted sulforaphane. Therefore researchers have rooted for more studies done in this direction. To make sure, researcher Rosengren’s team examined sulforaphane after testing 38,000 compounds to find out their potential in fighting certain gene patterns linked with type 2 diabetes among all of them sulforaphane came up as the most suitable one. After getting it tested in the lab the sulforaphane was tested on a group of 97 people with type 2 diabetes. Everyone among the population was of Scandinavian origin with almost all of them being medicated with metformin and about 37 people of them were suffering from high blood sugar. The group was divided in two and the first half was prescribed with sulforaphane whereas the other half were on placebo (inactive) powder. The result found that the chemical was advantageous for those who were obese and had very bad blood sugar. The average hemoglobin A1C level of this group plunged down from 7.4 percent to a little above 7 percent only. So, the benefits of broccoli are limited only for those who suffer from high blood sugar but for that group also it is making miraculous improvements. On the other hand, researchers are yet to give up. Dr. Rosengren clarified they will further their trials.