Broccoli Sprouts – An Exceptional Super food
What’s “sprouting” at Kirk Market? Broccoli Sprouts! For those of you who are not familiar with this nutritional superstar, sprouts are essentially young green plants that have been germinated from the seeds of any living vegetation, in this case, broccoli seeds.
While you can sprout any seed, grain or legume, some of the greatest health benefits come from sprouted broccoli. Sprouting significantly increases enzyme levels, B vitamins, proteins, fiber, and mineral content – a little, therefore, goes a long way in terms of supporting your general health and protecting you from disease, cancer in particular.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, small quantities of fresh broccoli sprouts contain as much cancer protection as larger amounts of the mature vegetable. Broccoli sprouts also contain sulforaphane, a compound that has anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. Sulforaphane is found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and bok choy; it appears to induce protective enzymes that provide defense against cancer-causing chemicals. Since cooking reduces the levels of sulforaphane in broccoli, raw broccoli sprouts are a great alternative and super addition to any diet!
Not only will your digestion be healthy and your body more alkaline when you include sprouted broccoli into your regular diet, you’ll also be better equipped to prevent and combat colds and flu, illnesses, even dreaded diseases.
Broccoli sprouts are best raw, usually as an addition to a nourishing salad!