What are the Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts?

Health Benefits of Broccoli SproutsBroccoli sprouts may be easy and cheap to grow at home, but do they provide enough health benefits to make it worth your time?

In short, the answer is “yes”. Broccoli sprouts have several health benefits, including vitamins, minerals, fiber and even cancer-fighting properties.

Researchers are now studying the effects of these powerful miniature greens on a myriad of diseases and conditions. One of which is autism. Studies are showing positive results in autism patients who were given high doses of sulforaphane (a nutrient found in broccoli sprouts). That said, the doses given were much higher that one would get simply from eating a bunch of raw sprouts.

Sulforaphane may be better known for its cancer-fighting benefits. What’s interesting to me is that the sulforaphane doesn’t do the “fighting”, but rather it stimulates the body to do its own fighting. Specifically, researchers have seen a reduction in skin tumor formation and even preventing existing tumors to progressing to cancerous growths.

What are the Vitamins in Broccoli Sprouts?

Broccoli Sprouts Nutrition Facts
courtesy of http://www.isga-sprouts.org

The International Sprout Growers Association provides a handy breakdown of the nutritional components of broccoli sprouts to the left.

In addition to containing a significant amount of protein and fiber in a small 35-calorie serving, these nutrient-dense greens also provide a good amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron. As you can see, they are a much healthier choice compared to a couple of pieces of iceberg lettuce on a sandwich or wrap.

But why broccoli sprouts vs regular broccoli?

Foods in their sprouted form also contain more enzymes. This enables us to absorb more nutrition from the food as well. Rather than cooking a pot full of broccoli – you may just want to reach for a handful of broccoli sprouts.

This may be why many people refer to them as a superfood. With up to 50 times more antioxidants than full grown broccoli, this Superfood is a roadblock for cancer causing free radicals.

Broccoli Sprout Health Benefits & Cancer Prevention

Broccoli sprouts are sometimes referred to as a superfood because they are so nutrient-dense for their caloric size. Unlike other superfoods, however, broccoli sprouts are easy to find at your local grocery store and are also easy and cheap to grow at home.

Many people get inexpensive seed sprouters and grow broccoli sprouts on their kitchen counter all year long. Besides saving money by growing your own, you can also avoid pesticides, chlorine or other chemicals that can be added to produce before it hits the store shelves.

Researchers concluded that only the diverse diet “induced a significant reduction in DNA oxidation.” (DNA oxidation, or oxidative damage, occurs when molecules called free radicals wreak havoc in the body.

Antioxidants like some of the vitamins and phytochemicals found in plants are believed to reduce this damage.) In other words, as the researchers wrote, “smaller amounts of many phytochemicals may have greater beneficial effects than larger amounts of fewer phytochemicals.”