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Tips on How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts at Home

Whether you want to learn how to grow broccoli sprouts or you want to buy the extract or seed oil to enhance your health – we can help…

3 Steps on How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts at Home

Growing Broccoli Sprouts

Not sure how to sprout seeds? Don’t worry! Growing sprouts at home is surprisingly not difficult. It can even be a fun project for kids! You just need the right sprouting equipment and seeds that will germinate, and you can get everything you need for between $30 – $50.

We show you how!

broccoli sprouts According to Sprouts: the Miracle Food by Steve Meyerowitz, for between $50 and $100 you can get all the supplies and seeds you need to produce hundreds of pounds of food. That breaks down to pennies per pound. That’s a pretty good price if you ask me.

Then What?

Not sure what to do with your 5-day-old sulforaphane-rich sprouts?
Check out recipe ideas here.

I Don’t Want to Learn How to Grow Sprouts!

No problem! I hear you. Sometimes you just want all the benefits without having to do the work. You’re doing enough work just coming to this website. 😉

I’ve got good news for you, because we’ve found some good suppliers of broccoli sprout extract, powders and capsules that are freeze-dried for maximum potency. They’re at sale prices, too.

But Have You Heard of This?

But did you know that there’s broccoli seed oil too? You can take advantage of the sulforaphane in young broccoli in oil form that you can add to your skin lotions, shampoo, conditioner and more. It’s pretty cool.

mollyAnyway…

I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me babble all day, which I can definitely do. You’re busy, and you’ve got shopping to do.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to babble more. I’ll just be hanging out by the sprouter.
 

What Foods Contain Sulforaphane?

List of Sulforaphane-Containing Foods You Can Buy at Your Local Market –
and Why You Need to Chew Them Raw to Receive Maximum Health Benefits.

mollyThere are a variety of foods that contain sulforaphane. However, Desert Health News explains that “Sulforaphane doesn’t exist independently in plants; it must be created through a specific enzymatic process.”

This enzymatic process is activated only open damage to the plant (ie. chewing). Therefore, you must chew the foods that “contain” the sulforaphane in order for your body to actually receive its benefits.

As you’ll notice in the list below, these sulforaphane-containing foods typically need to be chewed. That said, over-cooking can destroy some if not all of the myrosinase, the enzyme required for the activation of sulforaphane.

The Natural Medicine Journal points out that a study was done where participants consumed broccoli sprouts and/or broccoli powder. The results showed that eating raw broccoli sprouts produced significantly more sulforaphane than did the broccoli powder.

This may be why broccoli sprouts are better known for containing this powerful cancer-fighter. I mean, who really cooks their sprouts? And I have yet to see someone swallow them whole without chewing them. =)

Another key point to keep in mind is that many of these vegetables below can be grown and consumed in sprout form. That means that, similar to broccoli sprouts and other types of sprouts, these greens can be grown from seed right on your kitchen countertop (many without soil even!).

Generally, these “microgreens” can be harvested in a couple of weeks. This is great news for those of us who want to enjoy fresh organic greens year-round without investing the time and effort in growing a seasonal vegetable garden.

What Foods Contain Sulforaphane

Brussels Sprouts: What Foods Contain Sulforaphane?

  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collard Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Turnip
  • Bok Choy
  • Watercress
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Radish

Source: http://www.broccolisproutshop.com/nutrition/list-of-14-sulforaphane-foods/

So, we know that broccoli sprouts are nutritious and contain a good amount of sulforaphane that provides significant health benefits. However, did you know that we can triple the amount of sulforaphane in the sprouts before we eat them?

Dr Rhonda Patrick Explains How:



 

Raw Broccoli Health Benefits – What are They?

We all know that vegetables are healthy. We should be getting 7-10 servings of vegetables daily, especially green vegetables like broccoli.

Raw Broccoli Health Benefits - What are They?But what is so great about broccoli? What exactly are the raw broccoli health benefits? Is it worth going out of our way to eat broccoli?

The answer is yes.

Vitamins in Broccoli:

According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, broccoli is highest in Vitamin K (245% RDA), Vitamin C (135% RDA), Chromium 53% RDA) and Folate (42% RDA). At only 55 calories for a 1 cup serving, this is a highly nutrient-dense vegetable.

Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Digestive Support Properties:

Broccoli has numerous health benefits. It acts as an anti-inflammatory. One of the ways that broccoli does this is through a flavonol called kaempferol. It lowers the risk of chronic inflammation by decreasing allergic reactions in our digestive tract.

In addition to flavonoids, broccoli contains the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. These give broccoli its antioxidant features.

This nutrient-dense vegetable also offers digestive support, both with its high fiber content and the phytonutrients “glucosinolates”, which help to protect the stomach lining.

Combine broccoli’s (1) anti-inflammatory properties (2)antioxidant qualities and (3) detoxification characteristics, and you’ve got a potent cancer prevention food. In fact, Studies show that only 1/2 cup of broccoli per day is enough to show substantial health benefits in regards to cancer prevention.

Health Benefits of Raw Broccoli VS Cooked Broccoli?

According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, raw broccoli provides significantly more of its beneficial nutrients than eating it cooked. Specifically, people who consumed raw broccoli absorbed sulforaphane faster and in higher amounts than people who consumed the vegetable in cooked form.

If you choose to cook the vegetable, however, know that steaming, microwaving and stir-frying is much better than boiling. You will preserve more of the nutrients when you cook broccoli for less time and in lower temperatures.

Broccoli Florets or Stalks – Which Contains More Nutrients?

University of California Berkeley Wellness states that both the florets and stalk of the vegetable are nutritious. They deliver the same amounts of vitamins. However, the florets contain more of the phytochemicals (beta carotene) and carotenoids (sulforaphane), while the stalks contain more fiber.

By the way, the soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol in the body. It does this by binding with cholesterol in blood, which makes the cholesterol easier to excrete from the body.

In addition to providing lots of health benefits and nutrition, it’s worth mentioning that broccoli can aid in weight loss. Combine its high fiber content with its low number of calories, and you’ve got a very satiated food that won’t make you fat.

Raw Broccoli VS Broccoli Sprouts:

In the video below, Dr Pedram Shojai and Dr Sara Gottfried, MD discuss the health benefits of broccoli and, more specifically, broccoli sprouts…