Eat your broccoli kids

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

When I think of arthritis, I envision elderly people who are in pain every time they move their bones (don’t tell your older relatives I said that!). After all, arthritis is a disease that causes swelling and inflammation in the joints, so moving can become really painful. However, it doesn’t just affect senior citizens. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older will be diagnosed with arthritis. Don’t want to  become one of these people? Just eat broccoli!

This tree-looking veggie is filled with vitamins A, B, K, C, and also nutrients like potassium, zinc, and fiber! According to a recent study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, this healthy plant also fights inflammation in the joints. Broccoli, along with brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage, also contains sulfur compounds that remove cancer-causing chemicals from the body and reduce the risk of becoming obese!

Next time you have broccoli for dinner, I hope you have an entire forest of the tiny trees on your plate.

Featured image courtesy of whologwhy on Flickr.