Many people assume that broccoli sprouts are essentially the same as mature broccoli from a nutritional standpoint. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth — broccoli sprouts may not have the high quantity of vitamins like K and C found in adult broccoli.
Broccoli sprouts contain extremely high levels of glucoraphanin, the glucosinolate precursor to the isothiocyanate sulforaphane. Actually, these sprouts pack between 10–100 times the amount of glucoraphanin than adult broccoli. The exact quantity of glucoraphanin depends on the date picked (three days seems to be the ultimate sweet spot) and how the sprouts are prepared (raw is best — cooking eliminates a lot of the myrosinase). To most effectively take advantage of these compounds, thoroughly chew your sprouts.
Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts
- May Fight and Prevent Cancer – including throat, lung, colon, prostate, breast, bladder, skin cancers
- Might Benefit the Heart
- Support Strong Bones
- Might Help Fight H. pylori Infection
- Detoxify the Body
- May Improve Respiratory Function
- Can Be Part of a Multiple Sclerosis Diet
- Could Protect Your Brain