‘Super Broccoli’ Helps Protect Against Heart Disease And Cancer

| April 23, 2015

We’ve been saying for years that cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be and that lowering your levels to the ridiculously low government recommended levels can do far more harm than good to your overall health.

So, if it’s not lowering your cholesterol levels, what’s the answer to maintaining a healthy heart?

Balance. That’s right. Striking a balance by following a regular exercise programme, quitting smoking, consuming a moderate amount of alcohol and following a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet — known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

But there’s one more thing you can add. Broccoli. And lots of it… especially if you are a man.

A few years ago, UK scientists developed a heart disease and cancer-fighting “super broccoli”, called Beneforte broccoli. It looks the same as normal broccoli but contains boosted levels of the naturally occurring chemical compound glucoraphanin, which has been shown to have all kinds of amazing properties: anti-microbial, anti-cancer, antibiotic, and even anti-cholesterol.

Since Beneforte broccoli hit supermarket shelves in the UK and US back in 2011, researchers at the Institute of Food Research, have been working closely with the University of Reading, conducting tests to see if Beneforte broccoli lives up to its heart-protective promise.

Surprisingly enough, it does.

In this latest study the researchers specifically looked at how glucoraphanin affects cholesterol levels. They tested 130 volunteers over 12 weeks, giving half of them Beneforte broccoli, while the other half ate normal broccoli. The results showed that on average, the volunteers who ate Beneforte broccoli had a 6 per cent drop in their LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.

While the mechanism of glucoraphanin is not yet fully understood, scientists believe that it is converted in the gut into the bioactive compound sulphoraphane. Numerous studies have shown that sulphoraphane reduces chronic inflammation (a heart disease risk factor), stops uncontrolled cell division associated with early-stage cancer and boosts the body’s antioxidant levels.

Compared with normal broccoli, eating Beneforte raises sulphoraphane levels two to four times. Previous studies have also found that eating broccoli helps protect against some cancers, especially bowel and prostate cancer. Studies have shown that men with broccoli-rich diets have a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

Other research suggests broccoli can help prevent heart attacks and strokes by reducing inflammation and keeping blood flowing freely through arteries.

Beneforte broccoli is widely available in supermarkets and, better still, it does not come at a premium. So, you can enjoy its heart- and cancer-protective benefits without feeling it in your pocket.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Mutant Broccoli Has Been Enhanced To Fight Cholesterol, published online, 21.04.15, modernfarmer.com

Cancer-fighting ‘superbroccoli’ goes on sale in UK, published online 03.10.11, theguardian.com

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Comments (7)

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  1. michelle says:

    How much brocoli is required/week??

    does it look different?? Not sure I will be able to find it..

    Thank you.
    michelle

    • Editor says:

      Beneforte broccoli is clearly labelled and is available from most supermarkets in the US and UK. Eat fresh broccoli raw, or steam or roast fresh and frozen broccoli. A serving of raw broccoli is 1/2 cup or 36 grams, and provides just 10 calories. A 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli weighs 78 grams and provides 25 calories.

  2. Ruth says:

    That’s nice. Where do I get this kind of broccoli?

    • Editor says:

      Beneforte broccoli is available from most supermarkets in the US and UK. A serving of raw broccoli is 1/2 cup or 36 grams, and provides just 10 calories. A 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli weighs 78 grams and provides 25 calories.

  3. James KY Tan says:

    How to differentiate between Beneforte Broccoli & normal broccoli?

  4. carita.jansson says:

    A very good article! I probably can´t find Beneforte broccoli, as I live in Sweden, but I vill certainly look for it!

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