Broccoli helps beat diabetes

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Your secret weapon… in the produce section?

It starts when we’re kids… and some of us never seem to get over it.

Maybe you’ve been pushing the broccoli to the edge of your dinner plate ever since you can remember. I’ll bet you walk right past it at the salad bar, too.

Sure, you KNOW it’s good for you. But when push comes to shove, it’s easier to avoid it than to try to figure out how to like it.

Well, this veggie is rearing its green little flowering heads in the latest scientific findings — and the results are so promising, you may finally be convinced to give it a second chance.

According to a study from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, broccoli might hold the key to tackling type 2 diabetes.

The researchers first screened a whopping 3,852 compounds for elements that could reverse the disease — and the most promising chemical they found was sulforaphane, a naturally-occurring compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.

Next, they worked with a group of 97 people with unregulated type 2 diabetes. When a random group of participants was given concentrated broccoli sprout extracts over the course of 12 weeks, their blood glucose levels dropped.

And the good news doesn’t stop there.

Another recent study, this one out of Sweden, has revealed that a lack of vitamin A — which you’ll find plenty of in broccoli — disrupts the function of cells that release insulin.

And insulin gone haywire is one of the main causes of type 2 diabetes.

To prove the connection, the researchers partially blocked vitamin A in type 2 diabetic patients’ insulin cells and then baited them with sugar. The result? The cells nearly stopped doing their job.

And when they removed the vitamin A altogether, the cells DIED.

So, it’s not taking a giant leap to theorize that getting enough vitamin A would keep those cells alive and functioning normally.

Based on all that we know about it from the scientific literature, broccoli is truly a superfood. It not only goes to work on type 2 diabetes, but, as I’ve recently shared with you, it also kills cancer cells, converts fat into energy, reduces inflammation, and balances gut bugs.

If you just can’t stand the taste of broccoli — and you’ve tried it raw, sautéed, stir-fried, and roasted with olive oil — you can still find plenty of sulforaphane in its cruciferous cousins, like cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

You can also find supplements of both sulforaphane and vitamin A online or at your local health food store.

Just don’t go overboard with the vitamin A, and check with your doc before starting any supplementation regimen to make sure it’s healthy for you.