Today’s Solutions: April 18, 2024

You probably already know that broccoli is a healthy vegetable that helps reduce inflammation, but what about broccoli sprouts? These sprouted broccoli seeds are a wonderful superfood for your brain. What makes them so healthy, and how you may incorporate them into your diet, is as follows:

Why are broccoli sprouts so healthy?
They contain antioxidant-rich sulforaphane

Sulforaphane, a sulfur-rich molecule that decreases oxidative stress, which can lead to brain disease, is perhaps the most powerful and studied component of broccoli. Although a full-grown head of broccoli contains sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times more!

When the sprouts are one to two inches tall on day three or four of growing broccoli, the plant’s sulforaphane content is at its peak. A tiny 1-ounce dose of broccoli sprouts contains 73 milligrams of sulforaphane glucosinolate, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists do not believe that there is a specific amount of sprouts we should take to achieve neuroprotective advantages, so we should simply eat them frequently.

They help prevent DNA damage

Large numbers of reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide anion are generated during oxidative stress, which damage DNA6. DNA damage causes mutations, which are linked to diseases like cancer and coronary heart disease, as well as inflammatory diseases like arteriosclerosis and anxiety. Consuming broccoli and broccoli sprouts is one method to protect your DNA.

They contain anxiety-easing chlorophyll

Everyone on earth would benefit from consuming chlorophyll—the green pigment found in plants—on a daily basis. Chlorophyll is present in dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, dandelion greens, turnip greens, broccoli and broccoli sprouts, and blue-green algae such as chlorella and spirulina.

Although chlorophyll could be considered understudied, it has been proven to offer numerous benefits for mental health in particular. For example, chlorophyll includes magnesium, which has been shown to aid with anxiety. Chlorophyll can also aid in the reduction of inflammation in the body. It has been demonstrated to improve oxidative stress tolerance, which means it helps your body adapt to stressful situations more easily.

Ways to incorporate broccoli sprouts into your diet

Broccoli sprouts can be found in the produce section of some supermarkets and health food stores. Since broccoli sprouts are usually sold at a higher price point and have a shorter shelf life compared to other varieties of sprouts, they are not always available at grocery stores. However, you can also create a sprout garden at home and grow your own. Here are some uses for broccoli sprouts once you obtain them:

  • You can get a healthy dose of sulforaphane by blending some broccoli sprouts into your juice or smoothie.
  • Start treating broccoli sprouts as a kitchen staple. When preparing meals, ask yourself “How can I add broccoli sprouts to this?”.  You can throw them into any recipe, from appetizers to main courses.
  • Make broccoli ice cubes by rolling the sprouts into balls and placing them in ice cube trays. Throw a few of them into your blended drinks. Put a lot of them in the freezer so that you can use them as an ingredient whenever you like.
  • Put some broccoli sprouts in your omelet or scrambled eggs.
  • Throw sprouts into your salads

 

 

We are highlighting this piece as part of our annual “Best Of” roundup of articles published at The Optimist Daily this year. Today’s focus is on the top Health solutions of 2023.

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