Capsules containing a broccoli extract could help to prevent thousands of stroke death every year
Recent on-going study by the British Heart Foundation has set out to prove if broccoli, which is packed with the healing properties of a naturally occurring wonder chemical could become a game-changing treatment.
The study also attempts to show if the impact of a stroke could be significantly reduced by sulforaphane – which is released when lightly cooked broccoli is eaten.
Researchers are now investigating whether a simple supplement containing the equivalent of three to five weekly portions of sulforaphanerich vegetables could prevent potentially deadly brain bleeds.
Professor Jeremy Pearson, the charity’s associate medical director, said: “In the future we could see people taking a pill every day to prevent a stroke’s debilitating effects, much in the same way people currently take a statin to ward off a heart attack.”
Professor Giovanni Mann, of King’s College London, who is leading the research, said: “A pill containing sulforaphane could be a highly successful therapeutic to reduce brain damage associated with stroke.