Published on October 5th, 2011 | by Jeannie Moulton3
Behold! Super Broccoli
Just in time for non-GMO month, a new non-genetically modified superbroccoli is now available for sale in the UK.
Superbroccoli looks and tastes like normal broccoli, but it has more of the nutrient glucoraphanin, which possibly helps protect the body against cancer and heart disease.
Glucoraphanin may help prevent cancer
Glucoraphanin is a phytochemical found is crunchy green vegetables. In the 1980s, wild broccoli was found to have elevated levels of this phytochemical. The new broccoli is a hybrid of conventional broccoli and this wild broccoli.
Once in the body, glucoraphanin is broken down into sulphoraphane. Sulphoraphane has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation and also to stop uncontrolled cell division in cancer.
However, some people lack the gene to get this cancer protection from normal levels of glucoraphanin. It is believed that the amounts found in superbroccoli will help extend this protection to all people.
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