Broccoli is rich in glucoraphanin, may help fight a variety of afflictions including type two diabetes, cancer and obesity. The broccoli Beneforte, so called super broccoli, was developed by scientists who discovered a wild broccoli variety with high levels of glucoraphanin.
In the stomach, glucoraphanin is converted into sulforaphane, which interferes with the cancer process of cell division, while triggering the body's anti-oxidant defense mechanism.
Researchers tested the super broccoli on 48 volunteers divided into three groups: the first consumed about 400 grams of Beneforte broccoli per week for 12 weeks, the second ate an identical amount of regular broccoli, and the third consumed peas but no broccoli.
The participants who ate the super broccoli showed improved metabolism and improved processes of energy generation and synthesis of fatty acids and other metabolites.
The first trial shows that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables effectively 're-tunes' our metabolism by rebalancing key reactions in the body - anapleurosis and catapleurosis - that are disrupted with age.