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Sulforaphane May Prevent Alzheimer's

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  • Research into sulforaphane for Alzheimer’s disease continues to show exciting potential for this broccoli compound
  • In a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, sulforaphane not only cleared the accumulation of amyloid beta and tau but also improved memory deficits in the mice, hinting at a potential treatment that could also be useful in humans
  • Antioxidants including sulforaphane protect cells from oxidative damage, facilitate removal of the amyloid-beta peptide and reduce abnormal protein-related causes of disease
  • The sulforaphane content of broccoli can be optimized by adding a myrosinase-containing food to it, such as mustard seed, wasabi, arugula, coleslaw or daikon radishes, to optimize absorption
  • Overcooked broccoli and frozen broccoli may not be meaningful sources of sulforaphane; broccoli sprouts are an excellent alternative

By Dr. Mercola

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are prized for their cancer-fighting powers, which come, in part, from the organosulfur compound sulforaphane. This beneficial compound is an immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and now researchers believe it may also prove useful for fighting Alzheimer's disease, by altering the production of amyloid beta and tau, two main factors known to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.

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