Welcome to Beneforté broccoli
Beneforté broccoli was developed by publicly funded research at two world-leading research institutes, The Institute of Food Research and The John Innes Centre, which are located on the Norwich Research Park.
Research suggests that a particular compound found in broccoli, called glucoraphanin, has certain health-promoting properties. A large number of dietary studies have shown that people who eat diets rich in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, may have a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer and heart disease. Beneforté broccoli has been bred to be 2-3 times higher in glucoraphanin.
Beneforté was developed through conventional breeding techniques, crossing a wild broccoli variety into commercial breeding lines to produce a broccoli variety that has all of the characteristics consumers, growers and retailers want in broccoli but with the added benefit of the higher levels of glucoraphanin. Beneforté broccoli is now a commercially grown crop and is available in UK supermarkets (Asda, Marks & Spencer)
Results from recently published human dietary intervention studies at the IFR showed that Beneforté broccoli could ‘retune’ the metabolic processes that may become imbalanced as we age or if we don’t take enough exercise. An imbalanced metabolism has been linked with the development of a number of chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, cognitive decline and some cancers.
The Institute of Food Research has also found that men who ate a broccoli-rich diet experienced changes in the activity of genes associated with prostate cancer survival and growth. These changes were consistent with studies that suggest men who eat broccoli-rich diets have a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
The Institute of Food Research is continuing its work to understand the links between eating broccoli and health, in particular what e‑ects broccoli consumption has on the body reducing the risks from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
An ongoing study funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation is following men at risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
The Institute of Food Research has developed a consumer website www.superbroccoli.info to present the science behind Beneforté broccoli.
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