Broccoli sprouts are at their best when 3 to 4 days old. Then they are nutrient-packed and have the health-promoting properties of broccoli in a much more concentrated form.
In the late '90s, researchers at Johns Hopkins University realized that these young sprouts have much higher concentrations of nutrients, specifically the natural plant compound sulforaphane, than mature broccoli. Sulforaphane is believed to reduce the risk of age-related diseases including heart disease, diabetes and potentially cancer.
Since first interest in broccoli sprouts in the ‘90’s, over 1700 studies have been conducted indicating the health benefits of sulforaphane across a wide variety of diseases.
CLINICAL RESEARCH CONDUCTED WITH BROCCOLI SPROUTS
- Sulforaphane, a Dietary Component of Broccoli/Broccoli Sprouts, Inhibits Breast Cancer Stem Cells. – Link https://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/16/9/2580
- Dietary Sulforaphane in Cancer Chemoprevention: The Role of Epigenetic Regulation and HDAC Inhibition – Link https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4432495/
- Effect of broccoli sprouts on insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic patients: a randomized double-blind clinical trial. – Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09637486.2012.665043
- Broccoli sprouts as inducers of carcinogen-detoxifying enzyme systems: Clinical, dietary, and policy implications. –Link https://www.pnas.org/content/94/21/11149.short
- Broccoli sprouts: An exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens. –Link https://www.pnas.org/content/94/19/10367.short
- Sulforaphane Augments Glutathione and Influences Brain Metabolites in Human Subjects: A Clinical Pilot Study – Link https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/487639
- Broccoli sprout compound may restore brain chemistry imbalance linked to schizophrenia. – Link https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508093733.htm
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