Broccoli protects against diabetes

Broccoli protects against diabetes.

(23.08.2010) Green leafy vegetables reduce the risk of diabetes. In particular, cabbage varieties such as broccoli, cauliflower and spinach have a positive effect. Based on a study, scientists have found that vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes. However, it also depends on how regularly you eat the vegetables to stay healthy.

Scientists from the University of Leicester have analyzed around 220,000 data sets from six studies on fruit and vegetable consumption and have now published their results in the "British Medical Journal". It became clear that eating fruit and vegetables does not generally reduce the risk of diabetes, but only green leafy vegetables can have a clearly positive effect here.

However, green leafy vegetables significantly reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The research team led by Melanie Davies in the "British Medical Journal" came to the conclusion that a daily amount of 106 grams reduces the risk of diabetes by 14 percent.

Why only green leafy vegetables have such an effect has not yet been clearly clarified. The scientists suspect that this could be related to antioxidants such as vitamin C or the high magnesium content of the vegetables. It is clear that green leafy vegetables have a variety of positive effects on the human immune system. For example, Broccoli our immune system in such a way that viral infections of the intestine can be warded off and even the spread of cancer cells can be slowed down, the University scientists often explained Leisester. The active ingredient on which this process is based is, according to a study published in 2007 in the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry", diindolylmethane (DIM), which is formed from the ingredient indole-3-carbinol when eating cabbage vegetables. Broccoli also contains a large number of other active ingredients that are said to have a positive effect. So helps. B. Isothiocyanates in bladder cancer and sulforaphane protect the digestive tract from inflammation and ulcers.

Type 2 diabetes, which affects about 90 percent of diabetics, is widespread in the modern industrialized nations, with those affected by so-called adult diabetes getting younger and younger on average. However, there are some ways to protect yourself independently from the disease as a prophylactic. Exercise, weight loss and a balanced diet are measures that everyone can take for themselves. In this context, the results of the current study, based on the consumption of green leafy vegetables, offer an additional option for counteracting type 2 diabetes. (fp)

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