Broccoli sprouts Help you DETOX – they have indole 3 Carbinol and Sulforaphane
Sprout Broccoli Sprouts at Home
Broccoli sprouts are growing on my kitchen counter regularly. I use the sprouts in a veggie smoothie or on a salad or stir fry.
Sprouting at home is easy and you will have fresh, nourishing food available year-round.
Sprouting is the process of soaking, then germinating seeds and beans.
Eating the young seedling sprout provides an abundance of nutrients in the freshest form possible.
Soaking the seed or bean in water releases the natural enzymes and the dormant seed/bean comes to life.
Read my post: Sprouting 101 and learn how to sprout.
Why Eat Broccoli Sprouts vs. Fresh Broccoli
Broccoli sprouts contain up to 100 times higher levels of sulforaphane than mature plants. Sulforaphane has a whole range of unique biological properties, and it is especially an inducer of phase 2 detoxication enzymes [source].
“Induction of phase 2 detoxication enzymes [e.g., glutathione transferases, epoxide hydrolase, NAD(P)H: quinone reductase, and glucuronosyltransferases] is a powerful strategy for achieving protection against carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, and other forms of toxicity of electrophiles and reactive forms of oxygen.” [source]
Indole 3 Carbinol and Sulforaphane
Indole 3 carbinol (I3C) is produced in vegetables of the Brassica genus, including cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts and broccoli sprouts. Indole 3 carbinol has strong anti-cancer ability [source].
Sulforaphane in green leafy vegetables is found to be effective in preventing and treating various cancers such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, skin, urinary bladder and oral cancers. This component is naturally present in broccoli sprouts, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Bok Choy and water cress. [source]
“These are two potent cancer fighters. They help to detoxify the body and help precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors.” [source]
Why is sulforaphane such a powerful protective agent?
Sulforaphane acts as a “signaling” molecule. “Once inside the cell, sulforaphane switches on over 200 specific genes that may be “asleep” due to toxicity, poor health and aging factors. Once these genes are turned back on, they produce special detoxification enzymes and antioxidant enzymes.
“One of the antioxidants that it helps produce is glutathione, which is a powerful and primary antioxidant that is produced inside the cell. Glutathione actually bathes the inside of the cell, protecting it against damaging free radicals and thus reducing the inflammatory response.” [source]
Sulforaphane in Broccoli Sprouts Clears Toxins from the Body [source]
- Sulforaphane activates enzymes that take up pollutants and flush them out in the urine.
- Broccoli sprouts enhance detoxification of some airborne pollutants.
- Sulphoraphane improves the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens.
Sulforaphane is a powerful Anti-Cancer Substance
Sulforaphane is one of the powerful anti-carcinogenic substances. It works by increasing the levels of enzymes in the liver, which counteract the carcinogenic effects of chemicals in food and environment [source].
Sulforaphane and Brain Benefits
Sulforaphane has neuroprotective effects and is used in treating conditions such as
- Traumatic brain injury
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Autism – Patients with autism have shown an improvement in social interaction, abnormal behavior and verbal communication after treatment with these compounds [source].
Broccoli Sprouts are Thyroid SAFE: Human and Animal Studies
The first human study by Shapiro et al. examining TSH, T3, and T4 levels did not show any significant changes in these parameters when broccoli sprouts were included in the diet of 12 healthy volunteers [source].
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