Broccoli sprouts: a source of power nutrient sulforaphane

Nutrition and productivity blog 31

Eating a large amount and range of vegetables is great to load up on nutrients. However, not all vegetables provide the same nutritional density or quality of nutrients. One vegetable source that packs in great nutritional value is broccoli sprouts. Nutrients include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Selenium
  • Indole-3-carbinol (like cruciferous cousins brussel sprouts)
  • Sulforaphane – this a powerful nutrient. Broccoli sprouts contain 10-20 times the amount of broccoli

 

Sulforaphane – power nutrient

Extensive research1 (epidemiological, animal and human trials) on sulforaphane has proven that it is a potent protector against oxidative damage. It potentially protects against the following diseases: cancers, diabetes, atherosclerosis, respiratory diseases, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular diseases. It works synergistically through several mechanisms: through the induction of powerful detox enzymes, inhibition of enzymes involved in carcinogenic pathways and through regulation of apoptosis (programmed cell death).

 

Broccoli sprouts – a versatile ingredient

The sulforaphane content alone is a powerful reason to eat more broccoli sprouts. You can easily grow these yourself and they mix well with other cooked vegetables or when added to salads. Eat them lightly steamed or raw to maximise the sulforaphane absorbed by the body.

Thanks for reading. Have you any broccoli sprout recipes? Please share in the comments.

Paddy

References

  1. http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-full-text-pdf/FC65FB225611 ‘The health benefits of sulforaphane’
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