What are the Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts?

The 2022 Annual Food Revolution Summit just ended and it is one of the best health summits! I’m a huge fan of the father and son team, John and Ocean Robbins.

Dr. William Li, a world-renowned physician, scientist, angiogenesis expert, and head of the Angiogenesis Foundation was the first medical expert to speak at the summit. He is The New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself, and he is founder of the “Eat to Beat” initiative. Dr. Li’s groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications in journals like Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet. Dr. Li’s TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has been viewed more than 11 million times.

During the summit, experts were interviewed about the specific foods that can protect us from viral
and bacterial infections, as well as from the most serious chronic illnesses of our time.

One of the physicians John Robbins interviewed during the Food Revolution Summit was Dr. Li. The topic of the interview was Super Foods for Super Immunity.

One of the foods on Dr. Li’s list of “10 Things to Eat Right Now to Fight Back Against COVID-19” is broccoli sprouts.

John was excited to see that broccoli sprouts in on the list. He and his wife grow broccoli sprouts in their kitchen, and eat them almost every day, primarily because of their high levels of sulforaphane.

John asked Dr. Li: “Why is sulforaphane important? And is there research showing that eating broccoli sprouts strengthens the immune system’s ability to fight viruses including COVID-19?”

Dr. William Li mentioned that sulforaphanes are quite remarkable because number one, they’re the
natural substance, a natural chemical, the bioactive that gives broccoli sprouts and some of
these other Brassica plant-based foods their characteristic flavor. Like, you could
recognize the flavor of broccoli anywhere. Dr. Li also loves the taste of broccoli sprouts because It’s milder, nuttier and it has a different kind of flavor to it.

He mentioned that a lot of people don’t know that the baby broccoli sprout has these sulforaphanes, and there’s a hundred times more in the baby than in the full-grown broccoli. And so they’re even more potent. And, one of the things that he pointed out, the reason he put it on his top 10 list, was because research has shown that when you eat broccoli sprouts — and the study had been done using a broccoli sprout shake (literally putting them into a blender and grinding them up) and you combine the broccoli sprout shake with a flu vaccine, that you can amplify the ability of
the flu vaccine to stoke up, to boost your immune system, your natural killer cells by twenty-fold
compared to not having a shake with broccoli sprout.

An example both John and Dr. Li discussed was that if they both got a flu vaccine and Dr. Li didn’t have a broccoli sprout shake but John had a shake. If they were to measure John’s blood and his immune response, his response and his beneficial response to the flu vaccine would be 20 times more protective for him because of the broccoli sprout – because of those sulforaphanes, compared to Dr. Li.

Broccoli sprouts have a rich supply of vitamin K, but its overall levels of vitamin A and vitamin C are lower than full-grown broccoli. There is a dense supply of protein and dietary fiber in broccoli sprouts, as well as a low level of calories (approximately 35 per 3 ounces). There is no known fat content and a low level of carbohydrates. However, as mentioned above, the main reason that these sprouts have captured so much attention is their glucosinolate content, namely the sulforaphane that is produced.

Some other health benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

Sulforaphane is a compound with powerful anti-cancer properties. In fact, this is why broccoli sprouts have long been studied for their anti-cancer effects.

Because of its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts may promote gut health.

Chronic oxidative stress can cause constipation. Because sulforaphane’s antioxidant effects are believed to help intestinal cells function normally, they might help improve bowel movements.

In summary, broccoli sprouts has many health benefits so wny not give them a try.

To your health,

Shaline

Sources:
https://drwilliamli.com/10-things-to-eat-right-now-to-fight-back-against-covid-19/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7802872/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5773831/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/broccoli-sprouts#benefits

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf103513w