4th October 2011 – A new type of broccoli is going on sale this week, developed by UK researchers to contain higher levels of the health maintaining phytonutrient glucoraphanin.
Glucoraphanin is a biological precursor of the anti-cancer agent sulforaphane. It is found naturally in ordinary broccoli and is thought to help lower the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. Glucoraphanin may also promote antioxidant enzyme levels in the body.
Now the new broccoli is heading for the shops, the professor’s focus is on research into its health benefits. “We have done three human studies and we’re just starting on a much larger one that will take three or four years to complete,” he says. “Our emphasis is going to be gaining more evidence of the health benefits of this particular broccoli.”