What is sulphoraphane?
Sulphoraphane is found in cruciferous vegetables which contain polyphenols, such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and bok choy. By rupturing the plant cell membrane through chewing or chopping these vegetables release the active form of sulphoraphane, which is beneficial to the body for its’ role in antioxidant production. Sulphoraphane is the most potent naturally occurring compound that activates the pathway NRF2. Basically, it helps to switch on the genes that are meant to be turned on for longevity. The most well know function of the NRF2 pathway is that it turns on anti-inflammatory genes which lower oxidative stress and help to prevent cancer.
NRF2 is a powerful protein that is latent in each cell unless it is activated by a NRF2 activator. Through the study of Nutrigenomics, it has been determined that there are a variety of foods that are powerful at activating the NRF2 pathway, such as those cruciferous vegetables containing sulphoraphane. When NRF2 is activated in the nucleus it turns on the production of antioxidant enzymes such as Catalase, Glutathione, and Superoxide Dismutase, and these antioxidants are powerful enough to neutralize up to one million free radicals per second.
Why is sprouting so beneficial?
Sprouting is such an effective way of obtaining sulphoraphane because sprouts are 100 x’s more potent than mature broccoli. Sprouts are easily added to salads, blended in smoothies and are an excellent and, inexpensive way to get this amazing polyphenol into your daily routine.
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How to sprout: Step by Step
I recommend getting a sprouting jar, which makes it easier to keep the jar tilted so it is continually draining out the excess water. It makes the process simple and less time consuming: BioSnacky by Vogel