The Benefits of Brocolli Sprouts
Since all humans have to have some sort of diet to survive, it makes sense to eat only what is natural, rich in nutrients and full of healing qualities. Hippocrates said something along similar lines some 2,500 years ago. Well, he was right. There is no need to depend on diet and medicine that is not natural when all you have to do is live natural, eat natural and heal naturally. You can do so with resilience of mind and following the Hippocrates Lifestyle.
There are many natural food items that you can make a regular part of your diet. However, broccoli sprouts stand apart due to their numerous nutritional and healing advantages. Making broccoli sprouts a part of your diet is an excellent example of our Living Food Nutrition ideology, which preaches diet is the key to wellbeing and disease prevention. The addition of living phyto-compounds, present in broccoli sprouts, in your diet is an embodiment of the Hippocrates Lifestyle, a lifestyle that focuses on natural, raw and uncooked diet.
Do Broccoli Sprouts Have Benefits?
Broccoli sprouts are young broccoli plants with a life of 3-4 days after they sprout from seeds. The health benefits of broccoli sprouts have earned it the title of one of the healthiest foods grown on planet earth.
You can add broccoli sprouts to any meal as a topping or garnish. The best way to consume the tiny vegetable is in its living form i.e., raw and uncooked. For instance, broccoli sprout salads perfectly complement your body’s natural nutritional needs and helps keep it healthy.
Broccoli sprouts naturally contain certain special living bioactive compounds which are believed to have excellent anti-cancer properties. A diet rich in these tiny shoots can greatly reduce the risk of developing stomach, bladder, colorectal, and breast cancers. The cancer fighting quality and nutritional value of broccoli sprouts is credited to a particular bioactive compound called ‘sulforaphane’. Sulforaphane belongs to a class of organo-sulfur compounds called isothiocyanate which greatly enhances the liver’s ability to clean up all toxic and carcinogenic compounds in blood. Although sulforaphane can be found in a majority of cruciferous vegetables, its concentration in broccoli sprouts is believed to be the highest. Even more amazing is the scientifically proven fact that in three-day old broccoli sprouts the concentrations of sulfrophane is 10 times, with some even claiming 50 plus times, higher than any other vegetable. It means only 1 ounce of broccoli sprouts contains the same amount of sulfrophane present in 1 1⁄2 pounds of mature broccoli.
Reduced Heart Disease Risk
Broccoli sprouts contain the phytochemical ‘glucoraphanin’, which is converted into sulfrophane, upon chewing in the mouth, in the presence of the phyto-enzyme myrosinase. Upon entering the body sulfrophane triggers liver detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione transferases, NADPH (Quinone reductase) and glucuronosyltransferases. The antioxidant activity exhibited by these enzymes in raw broccoli sprouts can cleanse the blood from a wide variety of harmful compounds including dangerous reactive oxygen species also known as tissue damaging free radicals which lead to mutations. Such anti-inflammation properties also reduce levels of cholesterol and maintain the blood glucose, thereby reducing risk of heart disease.
Other nutrients in broccoli sprouts have also been identified for their potential nutrigenomics role i.e., targeting genes through nutrients. In research carried out by Dr Theresa A Shapiro, MD, PhD, at Johns Hopkins Medicine, it was found the bioactive compounds released in our body upon chewing broccoli sprouts include myrosinase, which not only helps to activate sulforaphane but also activates a transcription factor called Nrf2 inside the human cells. Nfr2 then works along with 200 known genes which make up the cellular defense system to cleanse the body from damaging toxins.
Reduced Autism Symptoms
The benefits of broccoli sprouts extend to autism as well, since their consumption has been proven to lower symptoms of the disorder.
Asthma Relief and Combating Lung Problems
In addition to anti-cancer action, in research carried out by Marc Riedl, MD, MS at UCLA, sulforaphane also reduces symptoms of asthma and lung problems.
Ideal for Weight Watchers
Additionally, calories in broccoli sprouts are almost non-existent, with only less than 12 calories per ounce. The amount of fiber in broccoli sprouts is another added bonus.
Packed with Multi-Vitamins
According to Authority Nutrition, the essential vitamins in broccoli sprouts include vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. Keeping in mind that vitamin supplements are no match for all natural vitamins, it is a good idea to take this little wonder vegetable on a regular basis.
Broccoli Sprouts have been validated as health promoting and disease preventing by numerous scientific and credible medical institutions. This is why Hippocrates Health Institute advocates eating Broccoli Sprouts DAILY as an element of the many aspects it teaches to living The Hippocrates Lifestyle.