Sulforaphane & Effects On Cancerous Cells
So what exactly is Sulforaphane?
Over the years scientific studies have shown that Sulforaphane has powerful anti-cancer properties that can boost the capacity of cells (studies only carried out in animals at this point) to fight against cancer, and deter cells from becoming cancerous. Sulforaphane exists as a result of the enzymatic process which occurs when cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage cells are broken. The body can quickly and easily absorb Sulforaphane once it’s ingested.
How Can Sulforaphane help fight Cancer?
Researchers suggest that Sulforaphane induces enzymes which in turn can deactivate carcinogens and other free radicals (that negatively effect our health), which can improve the body’s own defence system, and strengthen the immune system to fight off cancer-causing chemicals.
Where is Sulforaphane Found?
Below is a list of Foods Rich in Sulforaphane
- Broccoli (ideally Broccoli Sprouts) – Although broccoli isn’t as rich in sulforaphane as its sprouts, It still tops the list as one of the foods richest in this compound. It can be eaten raw or lightly steamed for best results, avoid boiling broccoli as this kill’s alot of the nutrition is has.
- Cauliflower – Even though cauliflower is often regarded as a bland white coloured broccoli; it is still very high in nutrients and includes good levels of Sulforaphane, and further more with a little creativity you can make it quite tasty. Cauliflower can also be used as a versatile vegetable by raw foodists or those following a ketone diet as a card substitute. Cauliflower also makes great faux rice that is delicious either raw or cooked.
- Savoy Cabbage – This cabbage contains beneficial high levels of Sulforaphane. As with the previously mentioned foods its best in its raw form. Another benefit of Savoy cabbage is that it doesn’t have the off putting sulphur smell of cooked cabbage.
- Red Cabbage – Although it doesn’t have the same levels of Sulforaphane as Savoy cabbage, it is very tasty and very easy to add raw into coleslaw, salads, stir fries and other recipes.
- Kale – This is one of the healthiest vegetables that you can consume, one of the reasons being its Sulforaphane content. Kale can be added to healthy smoothies, you can lightly sauté it, or gently steam it.
- Horseradish – It’s not so much common knowledge, but horseradish is a Brassicaceae just like the vegetables listed above and contains similar amounts of Sulforaphane. By adding abit of horseradish to your favourite recipes you will be adding a tasty health boost.
- Collard Greens – These are a rich course of Sulforaphane, try adding collards to a green smoothie, a salad or a burrito wrap. They really are delicious.
As a result you can see Sulforaphane is found in a range of common foods and easy to add to any diet. If you head to our shop you will see a range of Broccoli Products, Ranging from Broccoli sprout seeds, Broccoli sprout power and finally an exclusive Broccoli Sprout Supplement that will efficiently give you the Sulforaphane levels you may need.