Commonly referred to as the exotic cousin of cauliflower, broccoli is often included as part of a healthy diet. Belonging to the category of cruciferous vegetables with members such as Brussel sprouts and cabbages, it comes with a levy of health benefits. According to scientists, a compound called sulfotaphane, which is naturally found in broccoli, can work wonders in lowering blood sugar levels and keeping the heart healthy. Besides it is a rich source of antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals.
Diabetes is a growing concern in the modern world, having affected millions of people. Other than one’s lifestyle habits which lead to its cause, genes also play a crucial role. To study how the expression of the genes could be controlled, researchers from University of Gothenburg in Sweden zeroed in on a network of 50 genes that cause symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. They carried out various tests, both computational and experimental research.
While studying the effects of the compound sulforaphane, they found that it could reduce the expression of those genes to slow down or potentially reverse the disease.
The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, where it stated, “The authors showed that sulforaphane inhibits glucose…