Broccoli sprouts are a potent, cancer fighting food that contain 1000 percent more nutrients than mature broccoli which means you only need eat small quantities. Broccoli sprouts are three-day-old broccoli plants that look and taste similar to alfalfa sprouts. Their nutrients are easily absorbed by your body and they provide an easy way to add a vegetable portion to your diet. Research has shown broccoli sprouts can prevent a number of health problems so continue reading for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts!
1. Cancer fighting
Famous for their antioxidant content, broccoli sprouts exert 50 times the cancer fighting power found in normal broccoli. You get as many antioxidants in one ounce of broccoli sprouts as you would if you ate 3 pounds of fully grown broccoli. Sulforaphane is the prominent phytochemical found in broccoli. Sulforaphane has anti-diabetic and antimicrobial properties that help kill cancer stem cells thus slowing down tumor growth.
2. Helps prevent heart disease
Broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane as mentioned, which may well be a key to lowering the risk of heart disease. High blood pressure and elevated triglyceride levels are strong indicators in developing heart disease. Broccoli sprouts decrease blood triglyceride levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Triglycerides are a form of dietary fat found in meats, dairy products and cooking oils. The sprouts also lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
3. Treats ulcers
Broccoli sprouts are a natural treatment for peptic ulcers also known as stomach ulcers; which are open sores found in the stomach or small intestine. Broccoli is high in fibre and a protective compound found in broccoli, called glucoraphanin, when converted to sulforaphane is known to be 50 times stronger in broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane lowers H. pylori (stomach bacteria) activity, and can help treat and prevent stomach cancer. It also reduces stomach inflammation and increases protective enzyme activity.
4. Helps combats environmental pollutants
Broccoli sprouts can help your body eliminate toxic pollutants such as pesticides. When chewed or swallowed the sprouts create (again) sulforaphane from glucoraphanin which accelerates the detoxification process of eliminating these pollutants from the body.
Broccoli sprouts provide Vitamin A, which helps night vision; Vitamin C, which is important for the growth and maintenance of body tissues; Vitamin E, which helps boost immunity and fertility in males, and calcium, for healthy teeth and bones.
Broccoli sprouts can be easily grown and will keep for up to two weeks in your refrigerator. They can be eaten in salads, sandwiches, added to juices or smoothies or eaten alone as a snack. Sprouts are a great alternative for those who do not like the taste or smell of broccoli and are great to sneak into children’s food. You can buy them from many stores such as Amazon, Planet Organic and Whole foods. Love broccoli sprouts? Tell us why below or @keepfitkingdom !