Recent research found that people who suffer from genetic skin disorder should eat more broccoli because natural compound found in this vegetable could help in treating this disorder. Disorder is called epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) and it happens as a result of mutations in genes encoding keratin 5 or keratin 14. Symptoms of this disorder are blistering of hands and feet.

Researchers found that sulforaphane which is a compound of broccoli can help in treating this disorder. They found that sulforaphane can replace missing keratins in basal epidermis. During the research they found that genetic loss of one keratin could be partially rescued by functions of other keratin. It was noticed that mice with EBS who had deficiency of keratin 14 had reduced epidermal blistering when they received sulforaphane.

This is only a beginning of research and it is not yet tested on EBS patients but researchers claim that extracts from broccoli rich in sulforaphane are found to be safe for use in human skin.