Researchers from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London have revealed that eating broccoli may protect the lining of the arteries from a disease process called as furring, which may lead to angina, heart attack and stroke.
A chemical, known as Sulforaphane, is the main component of vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. This component stimulates a protein, which is inactive in diseased arteries.
"Sulforaphane is found naturally in broccoli, so our next steps include testing whether simply eating broccoli, or other vegetables in their 'family', has the same protective effect," said lead researcher Dr Paul Evans. "We also need to see if the compound can reduce the progression of disease in affected arteries."
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded this research effort.