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What is sulforaphane and what are its benefits?

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Have you ever heard about sulforaphane? If not, then it's time to know more and spread the news! 🥦

I've never heard about it either until about two months ago when I was listening to an episode of a fantastic podcast (which I highly recommend to listen to if you are interested in nutrition and health).

Dr. Rhonda Patrick frequently engages the public on topics including the role micronutrient deficiencies play in diseases of aging, the role of genetics in determining the effects of nutrients on a person's health, the benefits of exposing the body to hormetic stressors, such as exercise, fasting, sauna use or heat stress, or various forms of cold exposure, and the importance of mindfulness, stress reduction, and sleep. 

She mentioned sulforaphane during several episodes, but the information just didn't click with me until one point when I said to myself that this has to be very important knowledge if a scientist is trying so hard to raise awareness around the subject.

And I began to research and to my surprise, I've found that sulforaphane antioxidants are indeed one of the most powerful ways to ‘waken’ your body and create a strong, resilient and active natural system defense.

The sulforaphane benefits are numerous and have been extensively researched lately.

Evidence of its properties is continually building regarding the huge range of impressive potential benefits for your health.

Therefore, if you are curious, here are the 25 insanely powerful sulforaphane benefits:

 Sulforaphane Protects the Gastrointestinal Tract (GI)

Sulforaphane Promotes Healthy Skin

Sulforaphane Improves Immune System Function

Sulforaphane Promotes Weight Loss

Sulforaphane Encourages Fully Body Detoxification

Sulforaphane Reduces Autoimmune/General Inflammation

Sulforaphane Promotes Hair Growth

Sulforaphane Supports Healthy Liver Function

Sulforaphane Combats Cancer

Sulforaphane Lowers Bad Cholesterol

Sulforaphane Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Sulforaphane Helps Control Diabetes

Sulforaphane Acts as an Antiviral

Sulforaphane Fights Fungal and Bacterial Infections

Sulforaphane Slows Down Degenerative Disorders

Sulforaphane Turbocharges Cognitive Function

Sulforaphane Combats Depression/Anxiety

Sulforaphane Can Reduce the Symptoms of Autism

Sulforaphane May Help Asthma Sufferers

Sulforaphane Alleviates Bladder Dysfunction

Sulforaphane Promotes Healthy Eye Function

Sulforaphane is Great for Bone Formation + Density

Sulforaphane Improves Arthritis Symptoms

Sulforaphane Shields the Kidneys from Disease

Sulforaphane Facilitates a Healthy Pregnancy

And here is the list of foods high in sulforaphane:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Cabbage (Red & Savoy)
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Chinese Broccoli
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard
  • Radish
  • Watercress
  • Turnip
  • Arugula

This sparked your curiosity and you want to find more information about this amazing compound?

You can read more here, here or watch and listen to Dr. Rhonda Patrick's in-depth review here.

Stay curious, healthy and happy!