A new variety of broccoli that has been bred by crossing conventional varieties with a wild Italian variety, has shown increased health benefits believed to protect against heart disease and cancer.

The new variety contains higher levels of ‘glucorophanin’, a compound which has the ability to retune the body’s metabolism to combat the effects of ageing.

Eating the broccoli, which has been named Beneforte, led to improvements in the various chemical reactions that go on inside mitochondria, the ‘batteries’ in all cells in the body.

The volunteers in the research ate 400g of the new variety every  week – approximately 3 florets a day.

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