Sulforaphane – Why Cruciferous Veggies Rule!

Numerous studies have shown the
potential benefits of Sulforaphane on things like liver detoxification,
cardiovascular health, cellular health, and nervous system health. In this video
I am going to show you the best sources of sulforaphane and what positive impacts
this chemical could have on your overall health.
Enjoy! Hello everybody, Dr. Bryan Dzvonick here. If this is your first time
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don’t miss out on future videos. You get sulforaphane mainly through your diet from
eating raw cruciferous vegetables. The cool thing is these vegetables are very
common and easy to find at your local grocery store or farmers market. You
probably eat at least one of these every single day. It’s important to note that
sulforaphane does not actually exist until a little bit of chemistry takes
place with your help. It’s made by crushing the plant. So there’s two
different chemicals, one is an enzyme called myrosinase. It’s stored in one
chamber in the plant and the other chemical is called glucoraphanin
stored in another chamber and when the plant material is crushed those two
chemicals mix and instantly sulforaphane is created. So when you’re chewing on
let’s say a raw piece of broccoli you have a little chemistry lab going on in
your mouth where you’re mixing these two chemicals together making this potent
chemical known as sulforaphane. Some folks also contain bacteria in their gut
that produced the enzyme myrosinase which also helps to make the sulforaphane if you’re eating the cruciferous vegetables. The cruciferous vegetable
which will supply you with the most sulforaphane is broccoli sprouts.
Broccoli sprouts contain the highest amount of glucoraphanin so whenever
you chew on them, glucoraphanin mixes with myrosinase, boom, you’ve got
sulforaphane. If you freeze the broccoli sprouts you could get even more out of
it just because more of the chemicals can mix whenever it’s frozen. There’s
also a dietary supplement called Broccoprotect which has the
myrosinase in it. So the ideal situation would be to eat your frozen broccoli
sprouts and take Broccoprotect with it so that more of the enzyme myrosinase
can mix with the glucoraphanin to form a maximum amount of sulforaphane.
About a hundred grams or 3.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts should be a sufficient
dose for you to get a good amount of sulforaphane in one sitting. As
mentioned earlier you get the most sulforaphane out of your cruciferous
vegetables when you eat them raw. If you add any amount of heat to them, depending
on how high the heat is and for how long you cook it, it could degrade the
sulforaphane. Some folks may want to lightly steam their broccoli or cauliflower just
to take the edge off and that won’t diminish the sulforaphane too much but
you don’t want to cook them until they’re too soft because you’re not going to get
the benefits of this wonderful chemical. A good idea is to run your cruciferous
vegetables through a juicer and I recommend a masticating juicer versus a
spinning juicer because the spinning ones create too much heat. And the brand
that I use personally is the Omega juicers. So if you freeze your
broccoli sprouts and add some other ones like broccoli or kale to the juicer, you’re
going to maximize the amount of sulforaphane you get. When you start consuming
this powerful chemical daily, several positive changes should start to take
place in your body. In studies sulforaphane has been shown
to do some amazing things. Number one, it improves a process known as phase 2
liver detoxification which helps your body to more efficiently eliminate
toxins. One specific example is from a clinical trial which shows sulforaphane’s
ability to help people clear the cancer-causing compound known as benzene
from their body and benzene is found high in air pollution and very high in
cigarette smoke. Number 2, sulforaphane has been shown to improve cellular
antioxidant status in healthy cells and pro-oxidant status in unhealthy cells.
This includes reducing cancer cell proliferation and migration in several
types of cancers as well. Number three, many studies have shown that people who
eat large amounts of cruciferous vegetables have a lower incidence of
cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death. Consuming more cruciferous
vegetables which contains sulforaphane just might increase your lifespan.
Lastly, animal studies have shown that sulforaphane can cross the blood-brain
barrier providing neuroprotective effects to the brain and the central
nervous system. It does this by activating a specific gene which ramps
up antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions which protect against nerve cell
damage from stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s
disease. Sulforaphane is truly an amazing chemical and it’s so easy to get
in your diet. If you liked this video consider giving it a thumbs up. If you’d
like to share your experience please do so down in the comment section below. I
thank you for watching and we’ll see you in the next one!

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