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BROCCOLI SPROUTS

Updated: Aug 23, 2022


Broccoli Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses!! They contain over 100 times more sulforaphane than mature raw broccoli.



What is sulforaphane?


Phytochemicals like sulforaphane are antioxidants that cancel out free radicals. Free radicals are tiny particles that weaken and damage healthy cells. They form in your body because of pollution, UV rays, food additives and preservatives, and even through natural processes like digestion. It reduces inflammation. Sulforaphane, an active compound in cruciferous vegetables and especially broccoli sprouts, has an impressive array of whole-body health benefits


Once inside the body, sulforaphane (SFN) is the most potent naturally occurring activator of a molecule called NRF2, which plays a major role in the body’s defense against oxidative stress (a.k.a human rusting or aging).


When Hippocrates said “Food is Medicine” he was obviously referring to broccoli sprouts – one of the most powerful medicinal foods we’ve ever come across!


Sulforaphane has potent cancer preventative effects and is also widely being investigated for its benefits for cardiovascular health, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, autism, and more. It works by switching on a pathway that controls over 200 genes in the body – the NRF2 pathway.


Where do we get sulforaphane?


Sulforaphane (SFN) is a sulfur-containing compound found in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, radish, Brussels sprouts, Bok choy, turnip, arugula /rocket, kohlrabi, kale, watercress, rapini, mustard greens, horseradish, and more ) but most abundantly in broccoli sprouts




Young broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times more glucoraphanin than any other plant! Sulforaphane actually occurs as glucoraphanin in these foods and only gets converted to SFN upon chewing, crushing or blending, via the action of an enzyme (also found in these foods) called myrosinase.


What makes Sulforaphane so powerful?


Once inside the body, sulforaphane is the most potent naturally occurring activator of the NRF 2 pathway, which is the body’s strongest defense against oxidative stress and aging. NRF2 activation affects the expression of over 200 genes including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification genes. NRF2 activation can also be achieved through exercise and calorie restriction (including fasting. With such widespread effects on so many genes and cellular processes, the benefits of sulforaphane on the body are vast.



  1. REDUCES INFLAMMATION

  2. MAY HELP PREVENT CANCER

  3. BOOSTS LIVER DETOXIFICATION & INCREASES GLUTATHIONE

  4. IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

  5. IMPROVES AUTISM

  6. POSITIVELY AFFECTS THE GUT MICROBIOME


c 3X4 GENETICS | GENES, GENETICS & DNA LONGEVITY | JUL 2020

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