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Cancer fighting Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

Updated on September 19, 2011
Cancer-fighting Broccoli Sprouts
Cancer-fighting Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli is a common vegetable that is passed around tables all across the country.

Most people are already well aware that broccoli is one of the most healthy vegetables on the planet.

Some people may also know that broccoli has cancer fighting properties, and they incorporate the delicious, and healthy green vegetable into their diets on a routine basis.

However...not too many people are familiar with Broccoli Sprouts, and that is unfortunate because this form of "baby broccoli" is power packed with cancer-fighting enzymes.

What are Broccoli Sprouts?

Broccoli sprouts are broccoli plants that are only a couple of days old (Baby Broccoli). While the plant is still young, it is loaded with naturally occuring compounds called phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals act as antioxidants which helps your body protect itself from cancer, and other health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Cancer-Fighting Properties

Sulforaphane is present in all cruciferous vegetables, and it is the cancer-fighting component that gives broccoli its potent, healthy punch.

According to a study completed at the University of Illinios College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science, an enzyme called myrosinase is needed to form Sulforaphane.

The young leaves of broccoli sprouts are packed with myrosinase, and three to five servings a week is enough to have a positive effect.

*It is important to note that broccoli powder supplements do not contain these cancer-fighting agents - as always, whole foods is best for maximum health benefits.

Add Broccoli Sprouts Into Your Diet

As with most other vegetables, anti-cancer agents are significantly diminished or destroyed by overcooking, so most nutrition-counscous people eat the vegetables raw.

Broccoli sprouts look somewhat like alfalfa sprouts, but they taste more like radish.

They are commonly added to salads sandwiches; for a delicious and healthy sandwich, try the following recipe:

Veggie & Sprout Wrap

48-inch flour tortillas - whole wheat, spinach, or tomato and herb

1 cup hummus

1avocado (ripe, sliced)

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil drained)

1/2 cup broccoli sprouts (loosely packed)

1teaspoon of vinegrette or Italian dressing (use as much or as little as you like)

Grab a bowl and toss your ingredients, then hit them with a dash of the vinegrette or Italian dressing. Warm the tortilla, fill with the healthy vegetables, and fold into a neat little wrap, and then enjoy!

- Source -

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

A Warning About Raw Sprouts

Dr. Kristie Leong is a medical doctor and a prolific freelance web writer. Dr. Leong is a fellow writer at Yahoo Contributor's Network (formerly Associated Content), and a former fellow writer at eHow.

She has recently published an article that address the question, "Is it Safe to Eat Raw Sprouts?" The article examines harmful bacteria, such as E.coli, Listeria, and Salmonella.

Broccoli sprouts may well be contaminated with bacteria, and Dr. Leong suggests that health-conscious individuals who want to continue to eat sprouts, should purchase the seeds and grow them in-house.

She offers several other options, as well as other pieces of intelligent information about the safety risks of sprouts in general.

I ill let you read what she has to say in her article, please click the following link to read "Is it Safe to Eat Raw Sprouts?"


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      7 years ago from Vilnius, Lithuania

      Broccoli is usefull for anticancer flavonoid Apigenin


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