Medical Research Studies on Broccoli Sprouts

According to Hopkins Medical in an article titled “Chemical Derived from Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise in Treating Autism“, results from a small clinical trial report that the chemical sulforaphane may alleviate behavioral symptoms in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

broccoli sproutsA study from the US National Library of Medicine, “Broccoli sprouts: An exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens”, shows that significant amounts of inducers of enzymes that protect against carcinogens can be supplies by eating small amounts of young crucifer sprouts (ie. 3-day-old broccoli sprouts). This is substantially more than than found in the full adult versions of the vegetables.

Another news release, “Broccoli Sprout Beverage Enhances Detoxification of Air Pollutants in Clinical Trial in China” reports that a 300-person clinical trial showed that daily consumption of a 1/2 cup of broccoli sprout beverage resulted in a substantial excretion of benzene, a known human carcinogen, and acrolein, a lung irritant.

The The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that “broccoli sprouts can help to eliminate environmental toxins, protect against bacterial infections and against oxidative damage”.

According to, “Broccoli sprout extract contains ingredients that may prevent or slow the growth of certain cancers.” They are currently undergoing a study to find out if broccoli sprout extract can enter breast tumor cells and if so, what effects if might have.

broccoli sproutsIn regards to stomach cancer and peptic ulcer disease, Dr. Jed W. Fahey stated findings of the sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts detoxifying carcinogens and has potent antibiotic activity against Helicobacter pylori.

An article published in Johns Hopkins Magazine shares interesting information on a variety of broccoli sprout studies. These include reports of life extension in worms and the ability to boost the effectiveness of disease-preventing human proteins.

Broccoli sprouts have gained a lot of attention in the past several years. However, the director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins Paul Talalay believes that many plants contain disease-fighting substances and recommends that people consume a wide variety of vegetables and fruits to achieve maximum disease-fighting power.


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