People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetes are five times more likely to die from a Cardiovascular (Heart) event than those without these diseases. However, some vegetables may protect and even reverse the damaging effects of CKD and Diabetes on the heart. Broccoli is one of those vegetables.
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Don't underestimate the nutritional power of broccoli. Researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) are exploring the ability the vegetable has to combat as well as reduce the signs and symptoms of Type II Diabetes.
UQ School of Human Movement Studies PhD student Christine Houghton said the broccoli-derived sulforaphane compound has many health benefits. “The health benefits are a response to activating a range of antioxidant and other protective genes,” she said. Researchers have noted that by activating these genes patients can reduce their degree of oxidative stress (damage in a cell, tissue, or organ), a contributor to a number of diseases, including Type II Diabetes.
This is great news for Diabetes patients as well as those with CKD who are typically at an increased risk of acquiring Diabetes due to their medication and at times a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle. Broccoli is low in phosphorus as well as carbohydrates which means it can easily fit into a Renal and/or Diabetic diet.
Additional benefits of broccoli include bolstering your immune system with more vitamin C per 100 grams than an orange. In fact, according to Livestong.com broccoli can be a part of your healthy diet, "since it provides a lot of nutrition while being low on the glycemic index (measure of how quickly blood glucose levels, blood sugar, rise after eating a particular type of food) so it won't have a large effect on blood sugar levels."
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Just a 1/2 cup serving of this vegetable contains 220% of the daily value for vitamin C. A regular serving is also fat-free and provides 5 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbohydrates. Although broccoli may be nutritious, you should be sure to discuss serving sizes and meals with your Dietitian before altering your diet.
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