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Find out about Sulforaphane and Broccoli Microgreens

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

We are passionate about food and how what we eat affects our mood and ultimately our health. Eating the ‘right’ foods is the best preventative healthcare you can give yourself.

We are microgreens producer in the Haute Vienne in SW France. One of the reason we started growing them was because of their amazing health benefits. Labelling microgreens as superfoods may turn some people away as just another ‘food trend’ but we highly recommend tasting them for yourself before dismissing them completely. These tiny powerhouses encapsulate all the benefits of the mature plant in a highly concentrated form. Microgreens are just-sprouted vegetable/ herb seeds, that are in their first days of growth in fertile compost when harvested. Their flavours are powerful and you don't need to eat much to reap the benefits. Plus they are quick and easy to sprinkle on many types of dishes.

Plant based diets are gaining in popularly, whether people are draw to looking into becoming more mindful of what they eat when suffering from a chronic illness, or recovering from one, or because they want to be more conscious of what fuels their body and mind.

We enjoy finding out about different foods and how they can impact our health, and recently we were introduced to sulforaphane. After further research we learned that sulforaphane is one of the critical micronutrients in fighting cancer, and it turns out that it is the most beneficial compound in Broccoli Microgreens. Even though we have been growing these broccoli greens for a little while now we didn’t appreciate just how incredible they are. Microgreens maybe tiny in size but they are mighty in goodness.

Broccoli microgreen seeds are harvested when their embryonic leaves are fully developed, and the first pair of real leaves are emerging or partially expanded (about 7 – 9 days). After this time the true leaf of the plant starts to develop more, the flavour can then start to turn a little bitter in taste, and they move past being a 'microgreen'. If left to grow they will essentially become a seedling and then be ready for transplantation to a vegetable bed outside in order to grow into a mature broccoli vegetable.

Here is some more info on how incredible broccoli microgreens are for health :

  • vitamins A, B, C, E, and K,

  • macro-elements calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous,

  • and micro-elements iron, copper, and zinc.

There have been many studies on Sulforaphane, here are some of those results :

  • Several studies have shown that broccoli microgreens high in glucoraphanin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation in kidneys and reduced blood pressure in the cardiovascular system.

  • Other studies have shown that sulforaphane is a potential candidate drug for AD therapy and prevention.

  • Sulforaphane has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the respiratory pathways and the symptoms of asthma.

  • The sulforaphane and carotenoids in broccoli contain powerful oxidants that heal the damage to our eyes’ retinal cells.

  • New studies also show that sulforaphane reduces glucose production in your liver and improves glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

  • Broccoli microgreens benefits include reversing chronic illnesses such as heart disease

We hope this information inspires you to include more broccoli microgreens into your regular weekly diet :) they are a variety we grow for some of our chefs, and we also enjoy a regular handful within our own weekly diet, perfect sprinkled over many dishes including meat, fish, sandwiches, with pasta/ risotto etc.

Plus now we are selling broccoli seed as a refill option in our Grow Kits. Or if you don’t fancy growing your own then broccoli it is also on the menu over in our CSA Microgreen Membership Club

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and feel free to share with family or friends if you think this would be helpful for them. We enjoy learning and sharing the knowledge that resonates with us. Hopeful it will be useful for you :)

Source References

Here is a great link to a video about sulforaphane

If you are interested in reading more ways Sulforaphane can benefit your health and wellbeing please click here

Sulforaphane, a Dietary Component of Broccoli/Broccoli Sprouts, Inhibits Breast Cancer Stem Cells

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