Study: Eating broccoli sprouts may help to prevent cerebral palsy

There is no cure for babies who are born with cerebral palsy due to birthing errors made by Chicago doctors, or for babies who develop cerebral palsy due to unavoidable factors. However, a new study suggests that something as simple as consuming broccoli sprouts during pregnancy may help to prevent cerebral palsy or minimize the effects of cerebral palsy.

While consuming broccoli sprouts has been linked to decreasing one’s risk of developing cancer, researchers have been studying whether consuming broccoli sprouts may also help to prevent babies from suffering permanent damage to their developing brains during pregnancy and birth.

When a baby’s developing brain is damaged during pregnancy, the birthing process or within the first few years of life, the child may develop cerebral palsy. Like many other birth and brain injuries, cerebral palsy may result in severe physical and developmental disabilities.

For the study, researchers in Canada analyzed the effects broccoli sprouts had on pregnant rats and their babies. Researchers concluded that when pregnant rats consumed broccoli sprouts, their babies were less likely to suffer brain injuries than the babies of pregnant rats that did not consume broccoli sprouts.

It is important to note that the study did not involve human participants, but researchers said that the results of the study are remarkable and future studies will likely involve human participants.

If your child was born with cerebral palsy and you suspect that the doctor who delivered your baby contributed to your child’s disabling birth injury, do not hesitate to consult an attorney. Caring for a child who has cerebral palsy may be very costly, and by taking legal action, you may be able to recover some or all of the costs associated with your child’s past, present and future medical needs.

Source: The Vancouver Sun, “Broccoli spouts may prevent cerbral palsy, research suggests,” Katelyn Verstraten, May 21, 2013

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