Benefits of Sprouting


Here are some links to articles, videos and research on sprouts and sprouting that you may find interesting. Please remember that these are not offered as medical advice or recommendations for the treatment of any medical condition. For medical advice, always consult a medical professional.





Broccoli Sprouts and Sulforaphane


Emily Ho, PhD of Oregon State University has published several cancer research studies on sulforaphane, which is 10 to 100 times more concentrated in broccoli sprouts than in mature broccoli heads. This article talks about her research and includes the quote, "50 cups of broccoli or 1 cup of broccoli sprouts."  The Secret Power of Broccoli


Interview with Rhonda Patrick, PhD on the Joe Rogan Experience. Rhonda Patrick talks about how she is "obsessed by sulforaphane" and describes many of the benefits found in research studies. She shares a trick for doubling the bioavailability of sulforaphane in sprouts and a method to increase the sulforaphane content of cooked cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, kolhrabi, etc.). This link starts at the point in the interview when she begins to talk about sulforaphane.  YouTube: Joe Rogan Experience #901 - Dr. Rhonda Patrick (32:03 - 57:35) 


Sulforaphane and Its Effects on Cancer, Mortality, Aging, Brain and Behavior, Heart Disease & More. For people who would like a deeper understanding of sulforaphane, here is Dr. Rhonda Patrick's full 47 minute YouTube video on sulforaphane.


Interview with Dr. Jed Fahey.  Fans of sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts will really enjoy this interview by Rhonda Patrick with Dr. Jed Fahey, one of the original discoverers of sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts at Johns Hopkins University and prominent researcher on sulforaphane. 


Michael Greger, MD is a strong proponent of sprouting, especially broccoli sprouts and lentils. He has many short videos on the subject on his non-profit website NutritionFacts.org. Here are some of our favorites. He also discusses them in his NY Times best-selling book How Not to Die.

        Biggest Nutrition Bang for Your Buck


            Sulforaphane: from Broccoli to Breast


            Raw Broccoli and Bladder Cancer Survival

        
            Best Food to Counter the Effects of Air Pollution


            Best Foods for Autism



Sprouting Techniques


Is it better to grow sprouts in the dark or in alternating periods of light and darkness? Here are two research studies that have found higher levels of phytonutrients when broccoli sprouts are grown in the light.



Food Safety Issues


Like many foods, commercially grown sprouts have been involved in some outbreaks of foodborne illness. Is it safe to grow sprouts? Are there types of seeds that should and should not be sprouted? Dr. Greger addresses these issues in three short videos.


            Don't Eat Raw Alfalfa Sprouts (2007)


            Broccoli Sprouts (2008)


            Update on Alfalfa Sprouts (2010)


Growing Seed Spouts at Home -- University of California ANR Publication #8151. Commerical sprout growers use high concentrations of chlorine to sterilize seeds before sprouting, levels that would be dangerous for the home grower. The University of California at Davis has developed an alternative method for home growers.


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