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Super broccoli, the next coronary hero?

A new breed of cholesterol-lowering broccoli debuts in the U.K.

Faster than a speeding statin, able to leap tall bowls of oat bran in a single bound… when cholesterol’s the villain, could it be super broccoli to the rescue?

A recent study by the U.K’s Institute of Food Research suggests that eating a new kind of enriched broccoli can reduce LDL cholesterol levels by six percent. And it’s not genetically modified.

The broccoli was bred to contain two to three times more of a naturally occurring compound called glucoraphanin, which is thought to help keep our cellular metabolism chugging along properly, according to an IFR release.

For two independent studies conducted by scientists at the University of Readin, researchers gave 130 volunteers 400g of the high-glucoraphanin broccoli each week. After 12 weeks, subjects’ LDL levels dropped by an average of about 6 percent. Six percent may seem tiny, but a 1 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol has been associated with a 1 to 2 percent reduction in risk of coronary artery disease. The results were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

The super broccoli is available at British supermarkets.

Add an avocado to that broccoli, and you’ll be in even better coronary shape. A study earlier this year from Penn State suggests adding an avocado a day may lower cholesterol as well.


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