How Broccoli Sprouts Open Detox Pathways
Right now, as you’re sitting in front of your computer or cell phone, reading this, a lot of toxins are drifting inside your body.
The levels of pollution that we are currently exposed to are nothing our bodies could have been prepared for, given the speed at which cities have grown and the means we have had to adopt in order to maintain them.
However, there are some natural ways you can help your body stay free of toxins and keep it safe from overworking.
For example, by eating the right foods.
This way, your body doesn’t need to spend lots of energy trying to digest highly processed foods or saturated fats, and can start working on detoxifying itself better.
One of the best detox sources you can give your body to help it in this process are broccoli sprouts.
A recent scientific study, led by Thomas Kensler, who holds joint positions at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Pittsburgh, and is published by the Cancer Prevention Research journal, showed that broccoli sprouts enhance “the detoxification of some airborne pollutants and may provide a frugal means to attenuate their associated long-term health risks”.1
A mixture containing broccoli sprouts was given to the subjects in the study, who lived in an industrialized and polluted region in China. The 291 individuals who took the sprouts excreted the cancer-causing chemical benzene from their bodies through their urine quicker than the placebo group.
In fact, people who drank the mixture excreted 61% more benzene and 23% more acrolein, a lung irritant, than the placebo group.
Broccoli sprouts are a great source of glucoraphanin, a phytochemical discovered in the 90s that has been classified as cancer-fighting.
They also contain sulphuric amino acids, like taurine and cysteine, and the nutrients glycine, glutamine, choline, and inositol, which are all necessary for efficient phases 1 and 2 of detox.
The sulforaphane boosts enzymes in the body which trigger antioxidant action and keep it going for at least 72 hours, while it also increases the effectivity of vitamins C, E and beta carotene.
So, by simply adding broccoli sprouts to your daily intake, you’ll assure protection against several toxins, especially carcinogens.
And since they enhance the phase 2 detoxification, they are also considered to have a cleansing action.
How to use broccoli sprouts?
You can simply add them to sandwiches, wraps and salads to make them healthier and to add an extra crunch.
You can also add them to dips and salsas. This is an easy way to insert them in your diet without changing what you’re currently doing.
Munch on them as a snack! Leave aside the granola bars (which are almost always sugary), and choose a bite of broccoli sprouts instead. You can add a little bit of sea salt and olive oil for flavor.
How to make your own broccoli sprouts
If you’re all about gardening or about producing your own foods, you can also try to sprout your own broccoli seeds. Here’s the how-to:
Place 2 tablespoons of organic broccoli seeds into a wide-mouthed glass jar (this will give you about 4 cups of sprouts) and cover them with purified water. Let them sink overnight and drain the water in the morning, after 8-10 hours.
Rinse the seeds with water 2 times a day for 4-5 days, always keeping the jar in a warm dark place.
Once your seeds have sprouted and they have yellow leaves, expose them to sunlight so they can grow quickly. Don’t forget to keep rinsing them!
You’ll know they are ready because they’ll have dark green leaves and they will be an inch or more in length.
Try this out and let us know how it goes!
- Thomas W. Kensler, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh, Room E1352 BST, Pittsburgh, PA. Rapid and Sustainable Detoxication of Airborne Pollutants by Broccoli Sprout Beverage: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial in China. Cancer Research Journal. May 27, 2014. Accessed: September 7th, 2015.