Broccoli Sprouts Have Impressive Health Benefits
Numerous studies support the profound positive health effects of consuming cruciferous vegetables. These benefits are partly due to compounds unique to cruciferous vegetables that have impressive effects on the body. These compounds, such as sulforaphane, have benefits for just about every part of your body, from your skin to your liver to your hormones. Unfortunately, these compounds, along with many micronutrients, are depleted during the packaging and transport of broccoli from farm to grocery store. One way to mitigate this effect is to grow your own broccoli or find some at your local farmer’s market that was grown locally and harvested the same day or the day before. Another option is to eat broccoli sprouts to ingest large amounts of these beneficial compounds.
I hesitate ever to call something a panacea, but broccoli sprouts come pretty darn close. Some of the most powerful compounds found in broccoli are packed into these tiny little sprouts at up to 100 times the concentration1.
Below are a few of the reasons I love broccoli sprouts, and some scientific studies to back up all of these claims of vegetable magic. Many of the beneficial effects of broccoli sprouts are due to their potent anti-inflammatory properties. I have a jar growing at all times (I even bring them with me when I travel to visit family for the weekend to make sure I can keep up with the rinsing). Skip to the end of this post for super simple instructions for how to grow broccoli sprouts in your kitchen. [Read more…]