Broccoli in treating autism
Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts (and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers) may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.
The researchers caution that the levels of sulforaphane precursors present in different varieties of broccoli are highly variable. Furthermore, the capacity of individuals to convert these precursors to active sulforaphane also varies greatly. It would be very difficult to achieve the levels of sulforaphane used in this study by eating large amounts of broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables.
PUBLISHED ONLINE Oct. 13 2014 Science Daily
SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine