We have all heard about the value of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, but what do we really know? This is also a good example of how a beneficial nutrient is developed. Anthony Thomas is a research scientist and he communicates like a scientist and that can make it a little challenging. That is why I have highlighted some of the terms you are going to hear. It is likely you are not familiar with some of the nutritional compounds he discusses.
It is also interesting because it is a good example of the restrictions that are placed on supplement manufacturers. Supplement makers CANNOT discuss nutrients as treatments, prevention or cures for disease. We can only speak to the structure and function in the body. And while this is the actual way things work in the body, it makes it hard to explain the ultimate benefit, especially when those nutrients are being studied and used to “treat disease.” So as a consumer it is important for you to learn the language of nutritional benefits so you can better understand how the amazing nutrients can benefit you. That’s another reason for you to explore and become familiar with the science. You can begin by searching “sulforaphane” at PubMed. I found almost 1400 studies.
About Sulforaphane (excerpt from Jarrow.com):
Cruciferous vegetables (Brassica oleracea spp.), such as broccoli, are associated with antioxidant and cellular protection in part because they are sources of sulforaphane glucosinolate (precursor nutrient) and myrosinase (enzyme) which together produce sulforaphane (a powerful, beneficial phytochemical). In extensive studies, sulforaphane has been demonstrated to be a potent inducer of Phase 2 detoxifying enzymes and to be a protector of DNA.
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Posted in WholeFoods Magazine online 12/30/2016