Friday, July 19, 2013

Broccoli Sprouts for Cancer Prevention and Gastric Wellness

Broccoli sprouts are 3-4 day old sprouts of the broccoli plant. They can be described as mild flavoured with a bit of a peppery radish taste. These sprouts contain powerful antioxidants that help to fight against disease.
The benefits of broccoli sprouts have been known since the 1970s. It wasn’t until Johns Hopkins University studied their benefits in the 1990s that more people took notice. The cancer-fighting phytochemical in broccoli called glucoraphanin, a precursor to sulforaphane was found. Their research determined that broccoli sprouts promoted much more cancer protection and antioxidant power than broccoli itself.

The Johns Hopkins study was followed by the discovery that glucoraphanin is in higher concentrations in 3-4 day old broccoli sprouts as it is in the concentration of full grown broccoli by roughly 20 times.
The way to obtain the value of broccoli sprouts is by chewing them. It is when they are chewed that the broccoli releases glucoraphanin and myrosinase, an enzyme found in another part of the plant cell, which work together to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has the ability to trigger cells in the body to jump into action to fight disease, and the potential for disease. Sulforaphane can be understood as the General, working to put soliders that are your cells, into combat. In doing so, enzymes are made that offer protection against free radicals, DNA-damaging chemicals, and inflammation.

The overall impact is significant. Broccoli sprouts have been lauded as highly effective anti-cancer compounds. They are believed to have the ability to prevent several cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. The gastric condition known as h. pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that resides in the stomachs of humans and animals. It can irritate stomach lining and/or the duodenum. In many cases this then leads to ulcers or other gastric complications. Broccoli sprouts aid in fighting this damage by elevating the body's protective enzymes.
Broccoli sprouts can also help with respiratory ailments like asthma. By eating broccoli sprouts, the body takes on greater levels of antioxidant enzymes. These enzymes keep the airways free of tissue damage.

Osumex’s blend of broccoli sprouts with the lignans found in flax hulls are organic, non-GMO and are harvested after three days. They must be chewed in order to obtain maximum benefits.
Learn more about Osumex’s Fortified Flax Hulls with broccoli sprouts on our website.


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