About Broccoli

About Broccoli

Are some vegetables better than others?

An increasing number of recent studies* provide strong evidence that consumption of certain vegetables, and Broccoli in particular, play a very special role in the overall protective effects of vegetables.

►Kick start your body's own defence system.

►An antioxidant booster which helps to protect against cellular damage.

In recent years research has identified specific phytochemicals in plant-based vegetable diets that may contribute to prolonging a healthy life.  We have come to recognise that while all fruit and vegetables of many colours and varieties are important in our diet, some seem to be more important than others, as they offer us greater protection.  An increasing number of recent studies* provide strong evidence that consumption of certain vegetables (and Broccoli in particular) play a very special role in the overall protective effects of vegetables.

The Discovery

In 1992 research led by Dr. Paul Talalay, Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA,) identified a naturally occurring compound found in cruciferous vegetables, such as Broccoli, called Glucoraphanin.  Glucoraphanin appears to be the key natural compound responsible for the health benefits associated with Broccoli.

While Broccoli is an excellent source of Glucoraphanin, the Johns Hopkins research team then went on to discover that the seeds of Broccoli contained up to 100 times the levels of Glucoraphanin, when compared to the corresponding amount of Broccoli.

The Science

Glucoraphanin recharges our bodies own protective antioxidant defence enzymes, giving them the power to keep working.  This is especially important as a reduced defence enzyme level can lead to many chronic diseases.

The kick start effect of Glucoraphanin can last up to 72 hours.  This antioxidant booster effect lasts considerably longer than “normal” antioxidants, for example, vitamins E and C, which only work  for a few hours after ingestion.

Comvita's® unique process means there is the same amount of Glucoraphanin in two broccoli extract capsules as there is in half a head of fresh broccoli.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Terry, P. et al. 2001. Brassica vegetables and breast cancer risk. JAMA. 286:2975-2977.  Kolonel, L. et al. 2000. Vegetables, fruits, legumes and prostate cancer: a multicentre case-control study. Cancer Epidemiol, Biomark. Prev. 9:795-804.  Zhang, S. et al. 2000. Intake of fruits, vegetables and related nutrients and the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among women. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomark. Prev.9: 477-485.

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The term antioxidant embraces a number of substances which have the ability to neutralise free radicals.