Broccoli sprout extract


Broccoli sprouts are broccoli plants that are 3-4 days old. They look like alfalfa sprouts but taste like radish.
Sulforaphane is a chemical that is found in high amounts in broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Some brands, such as Brassica's BroccoSprouts®, may contain more than 20 times more sulforaphane than mature broccoli. Sulforaphane has been shown to have anticancer and antioxidant effects.
According to a review, sulforaphane and other similar chemicals have been studied in for cancer prevention.
Daily intake of broccoli sprouts may also be an effective treatment for Helicobacter pylori infection, which may cause stomach ulcers. Higher-quality human studies are needed before further conclusions may be drawn.

Related Terms

4-Methylsulfinylbutylnitrile, 5-methylsulfinylpentylnitrile, Brassicaceae (family), Broccoli Super Sprout, BroccoSprouts®, Cruciferae (family), glucoiberin, glucoraphanin, glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, sulforaphane, sulforaphane [(-)-1-isothiocyanato-(4R)-(methylsulfinyl)butane], sulforaphane-cysteine, sulforaphane-cysteine-glycine, sulforaphane-glutathione, sulforaphane-N-acetylcysteine.
Note: This monograph includes information about the effects of broccoli, broccoli sprouts, and broccoli sprout extract.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Helicobacter pylori infection (Grade: C)
Laboratory and animal studies have shown that fresh broccoli sprout extracts, as well as sulforaphane alone, may have anti-
Radiation protection (Grade: C)
Early research suggests that broccoli sprout extract applied to the skin may protect against erythema (abnormal redness of the skin) caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Additional studies of higher quality are needed to confirm these results.