As someone living with osteoarthritis, I can honestly say that it’s a real pain. I’ve tried several different medications to help ease the suffering, but so far I haven’t found anything that works well enough for me. So imagine my surprise when I heard that doing something as simple as changing your diet could not only provide relief for suffers, but also help prevent this join disorder from forming. If you value the health of yourself or your family, you owe it to them to read this article.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis today.It’s most commonly found in adults over 45, but younger people can be affected as well. Your chance of developing Osteoarthritis go up dramatically if you’ve injured or stressed your joints, have a family history of osteoarthritis, or are overweight. With over 21 million people in the United States alone being affected, it’s important to be aware of how to prevent osteoarthritis. This may seem like a challenge, but it’s actually as simple as eating some extra greens.
Broccoli is high in sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a chemical that blocks the enzymes of osteoarthritis. When you eat broccoli often enough, sulforaphane enters your blood stream. This has a lubrication affect on the joints, which prevents them from degenerating. Scientists are very interested in learning more about this magical vegetable, but the results are looking very promising.
This isn’t just limited to those who haven’t developed arthritis yet either. Those already suffering from osteoarthritis can eat broccoli to help prevent their joints from becoming any worse. With so many people already suffering from this condition, this is very exciting news.
Living with osteoarthritis is a challenge in itself. Those who suffer from the disorder often have to take breaks from their daily lives or else pay the price in pain. Suddenly normal household chores go from taking a few minutes to a few hours, and there is no way to prevent it. Yet, although there are millions living with this condition, there are only two medical options to available at this time. You can either take pain killers to prevent your body from feeling the pain, or you can have joint replacement surgery done on the affected joints.
Join replacement surgery comes with many medical risks, is very costly, and takes time to recover from. Taking pain killers every day for the rest of your life can be equally expensive, as well as frustrating, as it provides no long term relief.
If broccoli is as good to your body as it seems, millions of lives could be changes. We’re not just talking about a potential cure for osteoarthritis, but a whole way of life will be given back to those sufferers.
Forgetting about yourself for a minute and lets think about your children. One out of every three children in America are overweight these days. This automatically increases their odds of getting osteoarthritis. If they also have a parent who is suffering from the condition, they are pretty much doomed to a genetic nightmare. No parent wants to watch their child suffer through chronic pain, and now we have the option to prevent that. What’s even better is that it’s so easy to do. When you add to the fact that it’s cheap, quick, and tasty, it doesn’t get much better than that!
Not that you should need anymore persuading, but if you still aren’t sold on broccoli just yet, just consider all the other health benefits it has. As well as helping with osteoarthritis, studies have shown that broccoli helps with stomach disorders, detoxing, immunity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. It’s no wonder those Hidden Valley kids are always fighting over it!
Scientists are still doing research on this magical vegetable. While it’s expected to take three years, things are looking very promising right now. The results of the studies could mean that doing something as simple as adding extra broccoli to your dinner plate could slow down, or possibility even stop the joint disorder. Imagine a world where you could potentially prevent thousands of osteoarthritis related surgeries a year and give millions of people their lives back, just by eating your veggies.
If you or anyone you know has osteoarthritis or is at a high risk of developing osteoarthritis, I urge you to take these studies seriously. You may think you’re too young to worry about ‘old people’ things like arthritis and nutrition, but it’s never to early to start helping your body help you.
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