Eat This Not That: Broccoli

Chopped Broccoli

Arthritis is a serious medical condition that caused inflammation in the joints. Though some think that it only affects the elderly or those of an advanced age, arthritis can affect anyone. Some even find that they develop arthritis after breaking a bone or going through surgery to repair a damaged bone. According to some recent research, broccoli may help you recover from your arthritis symptoms.

Recent Research

A group of researchers in the United Kingdom found that there is a link between a reduction in arthritis symptoms and eating broccoli. The study took a group of participants with joint pain and divided the group in half. Half of the group ate broccoli and other similar vegetables for one week. The second group ate the same foods they did before. The researchers found that those who consumed broccoli experienced less pain and swelling.

Why Broccoli?

Broccoli is one of the few foods that contains a compound called sulforaphane. Research indicates that the compound can reduce inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of pain in those diagnosed with arthritis. There is some research that indicates sulforaphane may also reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other similar vegetables contain the same compound.

Increase Your Intake

Even if you live a rushed life and rarely have time to sit down for dinner, you can still intake your consumption of broccoli. Chop a large head into smaller pieces for a quick snack. Dip the pieces in Greek yogurt mixed with garlic and your favorite herbs or a low fat ranch dressing. You can also roast broccoli for a simple side dish. Toss chopped broccoli with olive oil, garlic and any other seasonings you like. Bake the broccoli at 425 degrees until crispy. No matter how you eat it, broccoli is a great way to reduce your arthritis symptoms.

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