We are often told of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, and now scientists at the University of East Anglia have found even more reason for us to do so.
New research suggests a compound found in broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts could help prevent the most common form of arthritis. They say the sulforaphane compound can slow down the destruction of cartilage in joints, a symptom associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis.
More than 8.5 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease affecting the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees.
The study was funded by medical research charity Arthritis Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Diet and Health Research Industry Club and The Dunhill Medical Trust.
Previous research has suggested that sulforaphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health.