Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Antioxidant Rich Vegetables May Help Joint Health

Recent research from the University of Angola in the United Kingdom has revealed that vegetables rich with antioxidants, such as broccoli, may actually help prevent the stiffness and aches that sometimes forms in joints from age, according to TopNews.com.

This is because many green vegetables with antioxidants appear to contain sulforaphane, a compound that has been found to inhibit the growth of a harmful enzyme which accumulates with age.

The leader of the research, Ian Clark, hypothesized that a diet without these foods may be responsible for a lack of mobility in the elderly and that many adults may be able to avert these problems in later years by eating properly, the news source reports.

It would seem that having a healthy balance of vegetables could also have significant benefits by reducing the costs of joint-related medical expenses, from medications to major surgeries.

WebMD.com states that some foods which are rich in antioxidants aren't consumed enough by the general public. These include beans, artichoke hearts, sweet potatoes, spinach and eggplant.

The benefits of antioxidants don't stop at joint health, as research has also found that these molecules also combat the formation of free radicals, which can cause cancer.


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