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Broccoli Sprouts Found To Have No Therapeutic Effect On Hypertension

August 27, 2010: 06:56 AM EST
A Danish clinical study has found that, contrary to earlier research, eating broccoli sprouts does not improve cardiovascular performance or lower blood pressure. Forty participants, all of whom had hypertension, either ingested 10 grams daily of dried broccoli sprouts rich in the antioxidant glucosinolate, or continued their normal diet for four weeks. No significant differences in blood pressure or other measurements of cardiovascular health, including cholesterol levels, were found among the participants, even though the glucosinolate dosage of the dried sprouts was twice that used in earlier Japanese research. In that study, scientists had found a decrease in total and LDL cholesterol after only a week of daily ingestion of fresh broccoli sprouts.
Buris Christiansen, Natalia Bellostas Muguerza, Atheline Major Petersen, Britt Kveiborg, Christian Rask Madsen, Hermann Thomas, Nikolaj Ihlemann, Jens Christian Sørensen, Lars Køber, Hilmer Sørensen, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Helena Domínguez, "Ingestion of Broccoli Sprouts Does Not Improve Endothelial Function in Humans with Hypertension", PlosOne, August 27, 2010, © Creative Commons Attribution License.
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