In more than 1,300 peer reviewed studies (some of which are listed below) Doctors and Scientists have shown that Sulforaphane (SFN) is of great benefit in the treatment or prevention of certain conditions and that it is naturally available from the brassica family of plants (broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts). Studies have addressed among other conditions: autism, heart disease, cancer, psoriasis, air pollution detoxification, macular degeneration, stomach ulcers, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more. Researchers have also demonstrated that broccoli sprouts have more SFN than the other plants. To get the recommended dose a person has the choice of: a) eating 2 kilos or 4 pounds of fresh broccoli a day b) somehow consuming 10 packs of brocco shoots (typically only 10% broccoli) every day c) taking as many as 30 pills or capsules of “extracts” every day d) drinking just one shot of broccoli sprout juice.
In practical terms and considering everything it is much safer, easier, better and cheaper to drink that shot of broccoli sprout juice. Vegus Foods is the only producer of broccoli sprout juice in the world. Independent laboratories have assayed it at 75-85 micromoles of SFN/isothiocyanates per dose of 30 ml. The juice is whole, natural, treated with high pressure for shelf life. It can travel too. One raw foodist, endurance athlete and health consultant grows her own wheatgrass at home but when travelling - such as climbing Kilimanjaro - she carries Vegus juices. Shelf life is about 16 weeks from production without refrigeration
MAX TUCK ON TOP OF KILIMANJARO THE JUICES
It may be possible to get the SFN you need in the form of an extract. But extracts are not natural and may have been processed with some very nasty solvents such as hexane – not healthy stuff to take every day.
Drink your broccoli sprout juice!
DISCLAIMER: AT VEGUS we are farmers and we make great juices but we are not doctors or scientists or nutritionists. We are not any kind of health care providers. If you need medical advice or require diagnosis or treatment we cannot give it to you. You must consult a qualified practitioner. (and while you’re there you can tell them all about our juices!)
ABREVIATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Although published more recently than some of the particularly focused studies, the first listed here is really the seminal study that forms the foundation for many others. As such the abstract is included here. The amyloid state and its association with protein misfolding diseases. Knowles TP1, Vendruscolo M1, Dobson CM1 Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Jul;15(7):496. Abstract The phenomenon of protein aggregation and amyloid formation has become the subject of rapidly increasing research activities across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Such activities have been stimulated by the association of amyloid deposition with a range of debilitating medical disorders, from Alzheimer's disease to type II diabetes, many of which are major threats to human health and welfare in the modern world. It has become clear, however, that the ability to form the amyloid state is more general than previously imagined, and that its study can provide unique insights into the nature of the functional forms of peptides and proteins, as well as understanding the means by which protein homeostasis can be maintained and protein metastasis avoided. PMID: 24854788 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] [the study suggests that this mis-folding of proteins is the genesis of many conditions associated with neurological development or neurological decay. Other studies indicate that sulforaphanes can stop or reverse this mis-folding.]
1. Broccoli sprouts: an exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1997 Sep 16;94(19):10367-72 Fahey JW, Zhang Y, Talalay P. Brassica Chemoprotection Laboratory and Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
6. Molecular mechanisms underlying cochlear [and macular] degeneration in the tubby mouse and the therapeutic effect of sulforaphane. Neurochem Int. 2009 Mar-Apr;54(3-4):172-9. Epub 2008 Dec 9. Kong L, Chen GD, Zhou X, McGinnis JF, Li F, Cao W. Department of Ophthalmology and Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, USA.
7. Dietary sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprouts reduce colonization and attenuate gastritis in Helicobacter pylori-infected mice and humans. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2009 Apr;2(4):353-60 Yanaka A, Fahey JW, Fukumoto A, Nakayama M, Inoue S, Zhang S, Tauchi M, Suzuki H, Hyodo I, Yamamoto M. Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokyo University of Science, Chiba-Ken, Tokyo, Japan.
8. Sulforaphane inhibits prostate carcinogenesis and pulmonary metastasis in TRAMP mice in association with increased cytotoxicity of natural killer cells. Cancer Res. 2009 Mar 1;69(5):2117-25. Epub 2009 Feb 17. Singh SV, Warin R, Xiao D, Powolny AA, Stan SD, Arlotti JA, Zeng Y, Hahm ER, Marynowski SW, Bommareddy A, Desai D, Amin S, Parise RA, Beumer JH, Chambers WH.
Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
9. Sulforaphane Protects Cortical Neurons against Endogenous Neurotoxins in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease D. Vauzour1,4, M. Buonfiglio2, G. Corona1, J. Chirafisi1, K. Vafeiadou1 , C. Angeloni 2 , S. Hrelia2 , P. Hrelia 3 and J.P.E. Spencer 10. Molecular Nutrition Group, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, The University of Reading, PO Box 226, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AP, United Kingdom 2 . Department of Biochemistry “G. Moruzzi”, University of Bologna, Via Irnerio 48, 40126 Bologna, Italy 3. Department of Pharmacology, University of Bologna, Via Irnerio 48, 40126 Bologna, Italy.
12. ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATISM Vol. 65, No. 12, December 2013, pp 3130–3140 DOI 10.1002/art.38133 Sulforaphane Represses Matrix-Degrading Proteases and Protects Cartilage From Destruction In Vitro and In Vivo Rose K. Davidson,1 Orla Jupp,1 Rachel de Ferrars,1 Colin D. Kay,1 Kirsty L. Culley,1 Rosemary Norton,1 Clare Driscoll,2 Tonia L. Vincent,2 Simon T. Donell,3 Yongping Bao,1 and Ian M. Clark