Chemical in broccoli can improve autism symptoms

Chemical in broccoli can improve autism symptoms

Recent study has found that broccoli can ease some symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its extract contains a chemical called sulforaphane, famous for its unique anti-cancer benefits.

The new study has tested sulforaphane as an autism treatment. New research was hold by researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the University of Massachusetts and The John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Forty boys and young men, ages 13 to 27, with moderate to severe autism, have participated in 18-week study.

The results of news research after taking sulforaphane :
* 46% show significant improvements in social interaction
* 42% show significant improvements in verbal communication
* 54% show significant decreases in abnormal behaviors
“While this study is too small and preliminary to prove that sulforaphane helps treat autism, the findings are interesting and important,” comments Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president and head of medical research. “We hope that the authors and other researchers will follow-up with larger studies that can address unanswered questions and potential safety issues.”

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