There are so many superfoods out there now! You’re probably already throwing kale and an avocado into your smoothie, pomegranate seeds onto your salad, and nutritional yeast onto everything else. You put coconut oil in your coffee, your frying pan, your home-made goodies, your teeth-cleaning regimen, your hair, and all over your body. You cook up quinoa by the batch and are simultaneously simmering cauldrons of bone broth. Oh, and add a side of kimchi to that.
So, really another “superfood” to add to the list? We’re all exhausted keeping up with the trends! Seriously, though, although we know sprouted foods have already had their moment, we’d like to give them a second glance today. Just a peek, ok?
Here’s the scoop. While we are working on detoxing, including delicious foods that actually help the detoxification process just makes sense, right? Then check out the specs on these sprouts!!!
“Broccoli sprouts specifically are a source of glucoraphanin, which creates sulforaphane when chewed or swallowed. That compound accelerates the body’s ability to detoxify from various pollutants…”
The three-month long study included about 300 Chinese men and women living in one of the most polluted areas of China, a rural community in the Jiangsu Province.
The test group drank half a cup a day of a beverage consisting of sterilized water, pineapple, and lime juice, with dissolved freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder. The control group drank the same mixture without the addition of the sprouts.
After urine and blood tests were collected and analyzed, the researchers found that the test group, who received the broccoli sprout powder, excreted far greater levels of two carcinogens. Excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the rate of excretion of acrolein increased by 23 percent.
Benzene is usually found in car exhaust fumes, but can also be ingested via soda, where it can form from benzoate salt—used as a preservative. Acrolein forms from the breakdown of certain indoor air pollutants, from the burning of organic matter such as tobacco, and the burning of fuels like gasoline. Study author Tom Kensler told Time Magazine:14
“The situation is that people throughout China are breathing dirty air, and the exposure is largely unavoidable. We wanted to boost the defense mechanism that accelerates the rate that these are cleared form the body so there is less opportunity for harm to be evoked by chemicals.”
When asked if people living in other large cities like New York or Los Angeles could benefit from drinking the same mixture, Kensler says he thinks their approach could be extended across all people.””
For the entire article, click here. Then follow the link included below for the easy how-to on growing your own sprouts of all varieties at home.
Broccoli Sprouts Can Help Combat Exposure to Environmental Pollutants. Some of the latest research 10, 11, 12 into this “super food” suggests that broccoli …