Organic Broccoli Sprouts Provide Amazing Health Benefits…..and Sulforaphane


If you ever go to a talk by Dr. Brian Clement, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute and the person in this video discussing the merits of Green Juice vs. Green Smoothies, you can be guaranteed to hear this: eat and juice sprouts.

The reason that he is saying this is because sprouts have incredibly important health properties.  They have very high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which provide the body valuable energy to detox and strengthen the immune system.

According to the Hippocrates Health Institute, the other key benefits of sprouts include:

– Increased vitality, energy and vigor from the large amount of enzymes.

– 10 to 100 times more enzymes than fruits and vegetables when eaten within the first seven days of being sprouted.

– Powerful antioxidants which help fight free radicals and aging.

– The minerals and nutrients are easily absorbed into the body.

While there are many excellent sprouts, there is a specific reason why I buy organic broccoli sprouts.

What broccoli sprouts offer is sulforaphane, a powerful anti-cancer compound that helps fight and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Dr. Paul Talalay, Professor of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University, found that 3-day old broccoli sprouts consistently contained 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds than those found in mature broccoli heads. And sulforaphane is the reason why.

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The President’s Cancel Panel report estimates that 41% (PDF File) of Americans will get cancer, and a large majority of those cases are environmental-related.

Even though I eat pretty much 100% organic, I am still exposed to many, many toxins by living in New York City and my mother passed away from cancer. Therefore, eating foods that have serious anti-cancer properties is a priority for me.

So, if I can get 20-50x times the cancer protection from eating broccoli sprouts rather than broccoli as a vegetable, I’ll take that any day of the week.

The next time you’re in the produce section of your market, take a look at organic broccoli sprouts.
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17 Comments

  • Helen Mullins says:

    How much of the sprouts need to be eaten to see a benefit, a small handful or a salad sized plate?

  • Broccoli is exceptionally rich in fiber or roughage, the essential dietary fixing that can cure all stomach issue by curing obstruction since clogging is the foundation of all the stomach issue

  • Jose Sanchez says:

    Where can you purchase the sprouts? About the only place even remotely close me (90 minutes away) is Whole Foods – do they carry them?

    • C.F. says:

      lifesprouts.com is an amazing resource for organic sprouts!

    • Josie says:

      Hi Jose. Sorry to hear that you are 90 mins away from whole foods! I’m located in Massachusetts and depending where you are in the US, have you ever heard of Market Basket? I’m eating some right now that I got from there the other day. I’ve seen him at Shaw’s Star Market, though if you aren’t in New England you may have no clue what I am talking about

  • Diane Caci says:

    I just bought organic broccoli sprouts for the first time! Was great in my salad! Trying to change my diet due to recent breast cancer diagnosis. I read that broccoli sprouts are great as one of the foods to prevent cancer recurrance and it was a high percentage!! I will be having these everyday in my salad!

  • anne says:

    I have been keeping away from raw broccoli due to autoimmune thyroid issues – should I do the same with the broccoli sprouts?

    • Hi Anne, This is an old post but you may still be wondering. Broccoli sprouts do not contain the goitrogens that develop as the sprout matures to become a vegetable. The greatest risk to the thyroid from cruciferous vegetables is from consuming raw kale. The kale smoothie trend is likely to be doing much harm to thyroid function in those with compromised thyroid function or with low iodine intake.

  • Jennifer says:

    Any way to tell how old the sprouts are if store bought?

  • Diana says:

    I can’t find any broccoli sprouts at the grocery store but I do buy pea sprouts from my local Trader Joe’s. Any idea on how pea sprouts compare to broccoli sprouts in terms of health benefits?

  • Claudia says:

    The link to the PDF file does not work. I would like to read more on it. Thanks! Claudia

  • Cristina says:

    Thanks Max! I was at the farmers market this weekend and bought organic sprouts because of you. They were almost out of broccoli sprouts so I got what was left of that plus Buckwheat and Mustard Greens sprouts. I will have to look up the benefits of the last two. I’ve been including them in my salads this week and I love it!

    Thank you for all the great information you provide!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      That’s so cool Cristina!!! I love hearing things like this. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

      Live well,
      Max

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