Arthritis and Broccoli?

IAS News 30 August 2013 | 0 Comments

Arthritis is the painful inflammation of joints. It is thought to affect mainly older people, but it has been found that 60% of those who suffer from it, are actually under the age of 65. The rate of people suffering from some form of arthritis is thought to be about 1 in 5 people. When considering the reasons behind disability it is the main cause among industrialized countries, and has an effect on many people within their work when the condition reaches a certain level. If treatment isn’t started early enough then the condition can leave those who suffer from it with irreversible damage to joints, bones and skin. Women suffer from arthritis more than men, and seem to suffer from heavier symptoms than men.
The two most common forms are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, with the latter appearing from wear and tear on the cartilage, with symptoms being pain and swelling and less ease of using the joints affected. Rheumatoid is the immune system attacking the cells within the joints, and can be much more disabling than osteoarthritis. This also seems to be more genetic as opposed to occurring from general wear and tear.
A recent study found that broccoli can help with the treating of arthritis, although human trials are only just beginning after successful laboratory research. It is thought that glucoraphanin that is found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, is turned into sulforaphane which then appears to protect joints. However it is seen as more of a prevention as opposed to an outright cure for arthritis, but this new study should be able to offer guidance in this matter.
Normal ways to treat, or help, with the pain would be to use anti-inflammatories and strong painkillers, although in the most extreme cases it is found that only surgery can really offer any assistance. Eating a healthy diet and exercise is also thought to be of some help, due to the body putting less strain on the joints.

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