London: The key to beat Alzheimer`s and other degenerative diseases may lie in the humble Broccoli, scientists say. Researchers at the Dundee University in Scotland found that sulforaphane, a chemical derived from the vegetable, can help keep the brain sharp into old age. They hope that a drug based on sulforaphane, which is also found in rocket, Brussels sprouts and cabbages, can help kick-start the body`s own protective or antioxidant mechanisms which will protect vital brain cells from being attacked and destroyed by free radicals, the Daily Mail reported. Anti-oxidants, such as vitamins C and E, can "mop up" the attackers, but are of limited use in the brain, the researchers said.
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