President George H. W. Bush famously said that
he didn't like broccoli, and since he was
president, he didn't have to eat it. But if the
former president becomes over-acidic and starts
showing signs of hyper or hypoglycemia (diabetes),
he may allow broccoli on his plate after all.
New research from the University of Warwick in
England found that eating broccoli could reverse
the vascular damage to blood vessels caused by
metabolic and dietary acids that cause diabetes.
The scientists believe the chemical in broccoli
responsible for the heart-healthy effect is
sulforaphane, which promotes the creating of
alkaline buffers that protect blood vessels,
and reduces the amounts of metabolic and dietary
acids that cause cell damage.
Crucifer vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels
sprouts and cabbage, have been tied to a lower
risk of strokes and heart attacks. People with
diabetes face up to a 500 percent increase in
risk of developing cardiovascular dis-eases that
are linked to damaged blood vessels caused by
metabolic and dietary acids. They also risk other
health problems such as kidney dis-ease which is
also caused by an excessive amount of metabolic and/or
High blood sugar or acid levels can cause levels
of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) to increase three-fold
to buffer the sugar and increased acidity. Sulforaphane
activates a protein called nrf2 which protects the
blood and lymphatic vessels and lowers the increase of
acidity by 73 percent.
"Our study suggests that compounds such as sulforaphane
from broccoli may help counter processes linked to
the development of vascular disease in diabetes," said
Warwick Professor Paul Thornalley. He added that in
the future it will be important to see if eating a
diet rich in broccoli and other crucifer vegetables
will benefit diabetics. "We believe it will," he said.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist
at the pH Miracle Living Center, "sulforaphane compound
found in broccoli is a powerful antacid or alkaline buffer
that protects the blood, the blood vessels and other
organs that sustains life. Broccoli is one of the most
powerful vegetables for anti-aging! That is why I
included broccoli florets and broccoli sprouts in my
latest anti-oxidant/anti-aging product called,
Doc Broc Power Plants."