Discover The Super Sulforaphane

Discover The Super Sulforaphane

Nov 15, 2021

If you think you’re exposed to environmental pollution only when you step outside your home, think again.

Over the years, we’ve come to discover that most products that we have habitually been using in our lives have a direct impact on our health. From non-stick pans, cleaning products to plastic containers and cosmetics, endocrine disruptors are found almost everywhere. Some people are also exposed to heavy metals, mold and pesticides on a daily basis. All this is a part of environmental pollution that we are directly in contact with!

It’s no wonder that so many of us suffer from disorders stemming from hormone imbalances and inflammation.

This is where detoxification comes in! And no, we’re not talking about those juice cleanses. Detoxification in functional medicine is a form of therapy that eliminates toxin exposure, while also supporting your body’s natural detox system to do a better job.

At My Pure MD, our holistic doctors in Houston regularly turn to food to be our medicine. We believe a balanced diet and the naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and compounds in our everyday food can truly have transformative detoxification effects on our health. One such transformative compound is Sulforaphane.

What is Sulforaphane?

A detoxifying superstar! That’s what Sulforaphane (SFN) is in a nutshell. To put it in scientific terms, sulforaphane is a naturally-occurring phytochemical that is derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts. It acts as an anti-oxidant and potent stimulator of endogenous detoxifying enzymes. Sulforaphane is also known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

How does one compound do it all?

Sulforaphane is metabolised in our bodies from glucoraphanin and enzymes called myrosinase.A potent anti-oxidant and detoxifying compound, Sulforaphane communicates with our DNA and tells it to activate genes that produce antioxidants like glutathione and other detoxification enzymes. It uses the Nrf2 pathway , also known as the ‘activator of cellular defences’ to do this.

How can Sulforaphane help me?

Sulforaphane is a multitasker that has beneficial properties for almost everyone. Since it activates the NrF2 pathway, it affects the activities of more than 200 genes. This means that there are a vast number of ways that Sulforaphane can be beneficial for you. Some of the proven benefits are:

  1. Reduces Inflammation: Aggravated inflammation is often the root cause of several serious disorders and diseases. From depression, heart disease to auto-immune disorders and cancer, inflammation causes upheaval in our bodies and needs to be under control. According to research, including cruciferous veggies in our daily diet causes significant reduction in inflammation markers. SFN S
  1. Improves Heart Health: Cardiovascular disease or CVD is an umbrella of heart disorders that affect almost half of America. Oxidative stress and inflammation are both markers that are used to measure the condition of a patient with cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that consuming cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale or Brussel sprouts improves these markers and reduces LDL cholesterol in blood. This is thanks to sulforaphane’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent heart disease and improve heart health.
  1. Helps Prevent Cancer: Sulforaphane is most-widely known for its promising anti-cancer properties in the medical community. Research shows that sulforaphane is ‘chemoprotective’, and helps protect healthy tissue from chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. It helps with cell apoptosis, enhancing the deactivation and excretion of carcinogens from the body. SFN has been shown to prevent DNA damage that might otherwise lead to cancer. Studies report that SFN decreases the risk of lung cancer. Men with prostate cancer displayed a slower rate of PSA with daily dosage of SFN.
  1. Detoxifying the Liver: The liver is our first line of defence against toxins as it performs vital detoxifying functions round-the-clock. It processes nutrients, hormones and breaks down external toxins in the body. In today’s world where we are constantly exposed to heavy toxins, our liver’s ability to function at its best can get compromised thanks to certain lifestyle habits. Isothiocyanates such as Sulforaphane boost the liver’s cleaning functions by inducing enzymes known as phase 2 detoxification enzymes. Natural estrogens, along with other chemical compounds get flushed out of the body with SFN’s detoxifying actions.
  1. Boosts Brain Health: Considered to be ‘nootropic’ or neuroprotective, Sulforaphane has been proven to be beneficial to brain and mental health. Research carried out autistic people showed that SFN greatly improved the social responsiveness and aberrant behavioral scores in young adults on the spectrum. When it comes to protecting other brain functions such as memory and cognitive abilities, SFN does a great job by activating the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory responses of the Nrf2 pathway. SNF is nicknamed as a brain health compound thanks to its multifaceted protection against brain-related disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s diseases among others.

How do I start reaping the benefits of Sulforaphane?

Thankfully, sulforaphane is super easy for us to make use of! Since it is an ingredient metabolised by our bodies from nutrients present in cruciferous veggies, including these veggies in our daily diets is the first step in experiencing the benefits of SFN. Here’s a list of some cruciferous veggies that offer high doses of SFN:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Kale
  4. Arugula
  5. Watercress
  6. Cabbage
  7. Bok Choy
  8. Daikon Radish
  9. Turnips
  10. Kohlrabi

Although it is a great first step, eating cruciferous veggies isn’t the only factor involved in ensuring you receive SFN and its benefits. SFN requires several other enzymes and vitamins in order to perform to its full potential. Consulting experienced functional medicine doctors at My Pure MD, Houston, can help you determine whether you need SFN, and how you can make the most of this superhero compound. Book a discovery call with us today and get started on your path to wellness!

November 15, 2021

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