Listen, I am not an advocate of pinning all praise on one food/drink, nutrient, vitamin/mineral in isolation. However, thanks to the lady I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily MANtra, Dr Rhonda Patrick, the nutrition sector is not only far more clued up on Broccoli sprouts and their health benefits.

At the top of this list is Sulforaphane, the active compound in Broccoli sprouts that is thought to benefit/fight a whole host of conditions including:

– Cancer
– Dementia
– Depression
– Neuron repair (may link to MS and other neurodegenerative conditions)
– Ageing

So, there you have it, just a few examples of Sulforaphane’s potential. That said, this does need more research to further validate BUT it’s looking promising, oh and let’s not forget that broccoli sprouts also come with a host of nutrients/micronutrients too…

Big bang for your buck…

According to The International Sprout Growers Association, approx. a 100g serving of broccoli sprouts contains approx. 5 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, approx. 55g vitamin C (around 60% of RDA), 90mcg vitamin A (10% RDA), 78mg calcium (6% RDA) and around 20mcg iron (4% RDA).

Just for added value, they also deliver gallic acid, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, sinapinic acid, benzo and salicylic acids, quercetin and kaempferol. Which may have antioxidant properties and support nerve integrity amongst other benefits.

Sprouting seeds is beneficial and delicious in its own right, but with some compelling evidence to suggest real health benefits to be had, I know I won’t be falling off this trend any time soon!

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