Broccoli osteoarthritis

How to grow medium sized broccoli plants.

Broccoli osteoarthritis is the wonder food that does much more than protect against cancer.

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 27th July, 2019.

By Bernard Preston

Are you a meat and potatoes man; still on the black and white diet? It's not just your heart that is going to take strain. Joint pain is probably on the way too; colour is in, and not just for television. 

British scientists at the University of East Anglia are investigating the benefits of broccoli in the fight against arthritis.

The researchers have found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction and trigger the inflammation and pain of arthritis. These toxic enzymes are released in a process called immobilisation arthritis; it's what happens when a joint is becomes fixated.

Broccoli has previously been associated with reduced risk of cancer but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health.

Broccoli fits neatly in with our healthy, slow foods that can be cooked fast philosophy. The florets can be steamed in just a few minutes and the raw flowers are lovely on a salad.

Branching broccoli with large head.

The project will explore how sulforaphane may act to slow or prevent the development of osteoarthritis, preparing the way for the first patient trials and could lead to safe new ways of preventing and treating this painful disease.

Of course drug and supplement companies will want you to start buying their products, but planting broccoli is so easy. I put in 25 seedlings yesterday in under two hours; tilling the ground, and adding the compost took the longest.

It is true organic vegetables, free of chemicals, are not to be readily bought. Two dollars of seed will keep us in sulforaphane for months.

Sulforaphane is a bioactive compound found in the cabbage family of vegetables, particularly broccoli. Eating brassicas leads to a high level in the blood, but scientists don't yet know if it is the active ingredient, or why it targets fixated and overloaded joints.

What are the early symptoms of arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability, affecting six million people in the United Kingdom. It is a degenerative disease which gradually destroys the hyaline cartilage lining the joints, particularly in the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees.

Broccoli osteoarthritis is part of the solution.

What is currently known is that people who exercise have less arthritis, as do those who eat fatty fish. Movement of the joints and omega 3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect on hyaline cartilage.

Hyaline cartilage

Hyaline cartilage is the hard, white, shiny, and super smooth lining of your bones; it enables joints to move freely.

But when damaged by injury, or obesity, or a poor diet, it becomes pitted and eventually is eroded right down to the bone. The result is pain, stiffness and, worse, increasing disability.

Subluxated joints too become arthritic. Just ask your chiropractor.

Part of the solution is broccoli arthritis, but in general a return to the diet that you grandmother once served; you'll find it included a multitude of coloured foods.

What is mutton? See the cartilage protected from osteoarthritis by broccoli.

Chicken bones bouillon

Chicken bones bouillon is so easy to make; store the left overs of the carcass in the freezer and then boil them when you have enough, or rather pressure cook the remains for the perfect soup and better health for your joints.

Chicken bones bouillon plus broccoli gives you the perfect protection against osteoarthritis.

So, too, research from Harvard found that a chicken bone soup is more effective than drugs in resistant cases of the inflammatory forms of arthritis.

Prof Ian Clark, of the school of biological sciences, who is leading the research said that we have an aging population and coming up with new strategies for preventing diseases such as osteoarthritis is important.

This is in part to improve the quality of life for sufferers but also to reduce the economic burden of arthritis on society.

They are also studying the effects of eating garlic which also appears to slow the aging of hyaline cartilage. They think that a substance called diallyl disulphide which is found in large amounts in garlic is the active ingredient.

The coloured and pungent foods have vital roles, as in broccoli osteoarthritis; think of chilies too.

Broccoli Facts

Drug companies will be excited about these findings about broccoli osteoarthritis. Quite soon we will be seeing sulforaphane and diallyl disulphide on the shelves of pharmacists for the treatment of our creaking joints; already you can purchase lutein for your macular degeneration.

Alternatively you could eat more broccoli and garlic. Tastes a good deal better, and you can be sure it will be 1 percent of the price.

Start now, don't wait for that osteoarthritis to form. Prevention is after all better than a cure.

The broccoli facts have been highly researched for their anti cancer properties, including the aggressive prostate cancers, from a compound called glucoraphanin. I think it's a phytosterol but can't confirm that.

In any case, broccoli is rich in phytosterols too, and their anti cancer properties are well researched.

Broccoli is one of Bernard Preston's favourite vegetables both in the garden and on the table. Particularly the branching varieties.  You can go on using the fronds for many weeks after the main head has been reaped.

They can be used for making the perfect broccoli soups; just add your favourite herbs and spices, or just a simple onion, potato and broccoli mix. It's healthy, so easy and delicious.

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Safe, KNOWN ways of preventing and treating this painful disease.

  1. Watch your weight. The obese invariably get osteoarthritis of knees, feet and hips. Are you at risk? What's your BMI? See the BMI calculator at Free weight loss programs
  2. The omega 3 in fatty fish, freshly ground flax seed and walnuts. Overwhelming evidence: Anti inflammatory omega 3
  3. Chicken bones bouillon. Read the Harvard research at chicken bones use them to make a delic soup.
  4. Gentle exercise, especially non-weightbearing swimming and cycling. Read more at exercise class benefits arthritis.
  5. Manipulation and mobilisation of fixated joints. It's now clearly proved what Chiropractors have always advocated: subluxated joints become arthritic. The mechanism is called Immobilisation Arthritis by physiologists.

Find the links to these important topics highlighted in bold by copying and pasting into the Site Search function in the navigation bar on your left. 

A broccoli head growing in the winter.

Homocysteine and Broccoli

Broccoli osteoarthritis reveals interesting new research including preventing a build up of toxic homocysteine.

Homocysteine is a toxic breakdown product of protein metabolism, that causes general inflammation in the body, especially in the joints and blood vessels.  Normally it is immediately converted to non-toxic substances, but this process is utterly dependent on a rich supply of folic acid (B9) and vitamin B12 in the body.

At that Broccoli Facts page you'll discover that broccoli is particularly rich in folate. Eggs are good source of B12.

And now Spinach too...

Scientists have now discovered that magnesium depletion in the body is also associated with a condition called ChondroCalcinosis, the cause of chronic arthritis. In fact, 1/10 people aged 60 have it. And spinach is THE richest source of magnesium. Popeye food! Makes us big and strong. Healthy too.

Magnesium is depleted by many of the drugs commonly in use including some blood pressure medications and anti-contraceptive pill for example.

Spinach should be regularly on the table... as a salad with your other favourite fruits like avo and apple, or as a spinach soup?

Broccoli osteoarthritis

Broccoli osteoarthritis reveals interesting new research that the queen of cancer prevention goes far beyond our formerly understood horizons.

There's so much you can do for yourself. The first step is understanding what kind of arthritis you have. The second is to start eating the known anti inflammatory foods. The third is to start exercising every day. Couch potatoes suffer pain and disability. The hyaline cartilage that lines the joints is far heathier in those who walk, swim or cycle every day. Just ask your chiropractor.

The third is to fervently decide you're not going to give into these nasty diseases.

  • Early symptoms of arthritis?
  • Immobilisation Arthritis
  • Hyaline cartilage ...

Find the links to those topics highlighted in bold by copying and pasting into the Site Search function in the navigation bar on your left. 

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is the most common age related cause of blindness; in large it's caused by a deficiency of two phytochemicals called lutein and zeaxanthine; broccoli and kale are the two richest sources. In general, make sure you are enjoying your greens every day.

There are thousands of these phytochemicals; only a handful have been fully researched. By enjoying a broad diet from many food groups you get protection not just from lutein macular degeneration but also broccoli osteoarthritis, and a host of other diseases. 

We can set your stiff and fixated bones back in motion, restoring the normal movement of the synovial fluid in your joints, but unless it is carrying the right nutrients and oxygen the cartilage still won't heal.

Broccoli osteoarthritis is part of the solution, as is more omega-3 in the diet. The blood of smokers carries about 15% less oxygen which is why they have more backache and is the reason why both chiropractic and surgery fail more often.

Useful links

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Foods high in folate

Bernie's healthy spinach dip is rich in folate.
Lettuce seedlings are rich in folate, but these look anaemic; they need more nitrogen.
Avocados are rich in folate, vitamin B9.
Growing avocado trees is another way to ensure adequate folate in the diet.
Green lima beans provide folate and vegetable protein.
Beetroot has the benefits of folate and is the cure for constipation.
Asparagus soup will provide you with more folate.
Cauliflower soup is rich in folate.
Plant broccoli seedlings for the benfits of folate.
Legumes like lentils have folate and are the best source of vegetable protein.
If you know how to grow peas you'll have plenty of folate in your diet.
An orange juice squeezer makes getting plenty of folate simpler.

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