The chemical found in vegetables and particularly in the cruciferous family or cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, etc., enhance the body’s defense system as well as cleaning the arteries.
The discovery by scientists at Imperial College London, was finally able to crack the code, to use the vegetable ingredient in the treatment of cardiac patients.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, revealed in this investigation that could lead to more specific dietary and medical approaches to prevent or lessen the disease that leads to heart attacks and stroke.
The researchers found arterial branches (double) that are more susceptible to disease because they lack a protein called NRF2, in contrast to the straight sections of the artery which are protected by the protein, which prevents cells swell, an indication early development of heart disease.
When NRF2 is disabled in areas of arterial branches, the protection disappears, but the reactive sulforaphane restored the ability of arteries to take care of themselves.
The compound is found naturally in broccoli, for what our next steps include testing whether simply eating broccoli and other vegetables from his family, has the same protective effect.