I don't know the pain of arthritis first hand, but my mother suffered for years from degenerative arthritis. She tried everything that medical science could offer to try and get relief from the pain in her hands.

Now, there may be at least a glimmer of hope for relief and it comes in the form of a food that is readily available at any store -- broccoli.

It seems that a research team from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. has found that broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane and that compound seems to slow the progress of the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis.

The substance is released when we eat cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and cabbage, but particularly broccoli.  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.

It's worth a try. that is until a few years from now when they decide that sort of stuff isn't good for us after all.