If you’re up to date with the latest news in supplements and wellbeing, you may be hearing more and more about Sulforaphane.
Sulforaphane is a food-derived molecule that has been found to have the potential to support general wellbeing, and many areas of the body’s function. To help you understand the benefits of Sulforaphane, let’s answer 6 commonly asked questions.
1: What is Sulforaphane?
Sulforaphane is an isothiocyanate that occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables when Glucoraphanin is activated by the Myrosinase enzyme.
2: What’s the best source of Sulforaphane?
The best source of Sulforaphane is cruciferous vegetables that are high in the enzyme Glucoraphanin. That includes broccoli and broccoli sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, collards, mustard greens, radishes and watercress. Of this group, broccoli sprouts have been found to contain the highest amount of Glucoraphanin with over 100 times more than mature broccoli.
Enzymes Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase are present in cruciferous vegetables and combine to make Sulforaphane.
3: How is Sulforaphane made?
Sulforaphane occurs when the enzyme Glucoraphanin and the Myrosinase enzyme combine. Myrosinase is produced by plants as a defense mechanism, so to create Sulforaphane that means that plants containing Glucoraphanin must be chopped, chewed or cut. This releases the Myrosinase that then combines with the Glucoraphanin and creates Sulforaphane. Myrosinase is also present in variable quantities in the human gut.
4: Can you buy Sulforaphane as a supplement?
Sulforaphane has been found to be very beneficial to the body, and so there are now an increasing range of supplements available to help you to increase your Sulforaphane levels. Not all supplements are of equal quality so it’s important to remember how Sulforaphane is made when choosing the right supplement for you.
Many supplements that offer Sulforaphane only include the enzyme Glucoraphanin. While Myrosinase is naturally occurring in the human gut in low levels, this will only lead to a low yield of Sulforaphane. For the highest yield of Sulforaphane you should make sure you choose a supplement that includes the active enzyme Myrosinase as well.
New Zealand Scientific Whole Enzyme Active Broccoli Sprout Powder Capsules contain both Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase, which combine to make Sulforaphane. Our certification process has identified that a daily serving of our product will yield 14mg of Sulforaphane. Shop now.
5: What does Sulforaphane do?
Some experts describe Sulforaphane as a smart insurance policy for the body. Sulforaphane is one of the most potent naturally occurring activators of the NRF2 pathway. The NRF2 pathway affects the expression of over 200 genes and is one of the body’s strongest defences against oxidative stress and aging.
Sulforaphane is an isothiocyanate that supports the antioxidation processes of our cells. As oxidative stress is a marker of cardiovascular disease that makes Sulforaphane an important supplement that may provide support for heart health.
Sulforaphane may reduce oxidative stress which may provide support for heart health.
The Adaptive Immune System is known to reduce in effectiveness with age making us more susceptible to illness. Some studies have shown that regularly adding sulforaphane into the diet may support the adaptive immune system.
- Cardiovascular health
- The health of your skin, hair and nails
- Cellular antioxidant activity
- A healthy immune system
- Reduced cellular oxidative stress
- Joint health
- Liver health and cell detoxification
- Hormone balance in women
- Protection from free radical damage
- General wellbeing.
6: How can sulforaphane support your liver function?
No article on the benefits of sulforaphane could be complete without looking in more detail at the ways it may support liver function.
The liver is an important organ, performing the role of detoxifying the blood and converting toxins into waste products that are removed from the body. Sulforaphane may support effective liver function which can help to remove harmful toxins from the body. In a time where overindulgence in caffeine, alcohol and unhealthy foods commonly place strain on liver function, Sulforaphane might provide valuable extra support.
Adding Sulforaphane into your daily routine may support hormone balance.
The liver also plays an important role in regulating hormones. Because Sulforaphane may support optimal liver function and the removal of toxins it may also support hormone balance.
Sulforaphane is becoming increasingly popular because of the wide range of functions it may support and the impact it may have on your general health and wellbeing. New Zealand Scientific Broccoli Sprout Powder Capsules contain only 100% broccoli sprout powder contained in a vegetable capsule with no fillers, additives or preservatives. A daily dose of New Zealand Scientific Broccoli Sprout Powder delivers a high yield of 14mg of Sulforaphane, thanks to the presence of both active enzymes Myrosinase and Glucoraphanin.
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