Sulforaphane

cabbage

Where is sulforaphane found?

Sulforaphane is a phytonutrient found in broccoli, watercress, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, arugula, cauliflower sprouts, collards, turnips, mustard, and red radish.

Healthy Benefits

Sulforaphane triggers natural cancer-blocking agents in the body. It protects genes from damage by helping rid your body of harmful stress and alarm signal molecules. One study showed that, when exposed to a strong cancer-causing chemical, rats that were fed an extract of broccoli-containing sulforaphane were far less likely than rats fed a different diet to develop cancer. When tumors did grow, they were smaller and grew slower than the tumors in the other rats.

Scientists at the American Health Foundation discovered that sulforaphane inhibited the formation of premalignant lesions in the colons of rats.

Researchers in Toulouse, France found that sulforaphane actually caused human cancer cells to die.

Sulforaphance prevents cancer by activating both detoxifying enzyme systems and also by causing cancer cell death.

An article in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research, reported that sulforaphane inhibits the bacteria that cause stomach and duodenal ulcers. Other studies have shown that it fights blood-vessel inflammation that contributes to heart disease.

Resources

Khalsa, Dharma Singh. Food as Medicine: How to Use Diet, Vitamins, Juices, and Herbs for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life. New York, NY: Atria, 2003. Print.

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