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Alzheimer’s Disease and Broccolis

There is a study at Dundee University about a new way for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Broccoli is said to help against the deterioration of the cells in our brain and keep it sharp. Sulforaphane, a chemical present in broccoli, is said to help the antioxidant mechanisms in our body in order to prevent our brain cells from being attacked by the free radicals.

But eating broccoli may have different effects on different people. Dr. John Sharkey, the author of the study, said that some people may have the biological effects after much consumption of broccoli. He added that there might also be some people who won’t experience the same effects. This is why putting the chemical from the broccoli in a pill form might be more beneficial.

A study about the chemical’s effect with Alzheimer’s, whether or not it slows it down or stops it has been conducted by Dr. Sharkey by dealing with mice for two years. Any drug may still be ten years from its release in the market, since the research is still in its initial stages. But the chemical cannot only be found in broccoli. Sulforaphane is also present in brussel sprouts, cabbage and arugula.

The aim of this study is to be able to find a solution that can counteract Alzheimer’s since the patients are expected to double during the next decade. Vegetables that have Sulforaphane like broccoli are also linked to the reduction of the risks of having cancer.

Although the study is still in the primary stages, it is good to note that including broccoli in your diet can lead you to a healthier life.

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