Benefits of broccoli to lose weight at menopause

The shoots of broccoli they can help women who suffer from losing weight menopause, overweight and obesity, as well as to reduce inflammation and blood pressure, according to the study published two years ago by researcher José Pedregosa, of the Department of Health Sciences of the Catholic University San Antonio de Murcia.

This vegetable is one of the most nutritious and the most recommended in slimming diets due to its low caloric intake (about 30cal / 100g), does not contain significant amounts of carbohydrates, and has a lot of fiber which produces a very important feeling of satiety


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The thesis directed by doctors José Abellán Alemán and Mª Dolores Albadalejo, revealed that broccoli sprouts are the best dietary source of glucorafanine and sulforaphane. These compounds exert a positive biological activity on the accumulation of fat in the body thanks to their effects on cholesterol metabolism and lipid homeostasis. It also reduces the systemic inflammation that occurs in obese people.

"This clinical study represents a milestone for the future of research on relationship between food, nutrition and health, since, unlike the classics, this includes in the diet a Fresh and healthy product in quantities compatible with a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. It has not been necessary neither a pill nor a pharmaceutical product, "explains Diego A. Moreno, a researcher at the Phytochemical Laboratory of the Department of Food Science and Technology of CEBAS-CSIC, which collaborates with the Brocoli Association.

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Menopause and obesity, a risk to the heart

Overweight and obesity are a public health problem suffered by more than 40% of the population nationally and worldwide, of all ages and ethnic groups. Excess weight causes a loss of quality and life expectancy, not only because it increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, metabolic imbalances and adipose tissue dysfunctions, but also because it induces a higher incidence of other non-contagious conditions such as Cancer.

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For its part, the menopause, which begins among the Spanish as an average from the age of 49, implies a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, because the decrease in estrogen in the female organism when it is in this vital phase has a negative effect on function of the heart and blood vessels and on cell metabolism. This is aggravated in the case of menopausal women who are overweight or obese, representing half of the patients.

The results of the study by José Pedregosa, "Evaluation of the effects of the consumption of broccoli sprouts on health in overweight or obese menopausal women", have revealed that, despite not having observed significant effects on the lipid profile of women Menopausal participants, there have been significant decreases in body inflammation, in systolic (non-diastolic) blood pressure, when the heart contracts, and in weight (not in the abdominal perimeter).

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