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Broccoli Sprouts reduce influenza

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Novel strategies for controlling influenza are needed, especially for susceptible subpopulations such as those with chronic disease, or with chronic exposure to airborne pollutants.

Muller et al (2016) and Noah et al (2014) showed us, in their respective randomized double-blind trials, that eating broccoli sprouts can reduce viral loads for influenza, decrease virus-induced inflammation, and boost your antiviral natural killer cell activity.  The active molecule within broccoli sprouts that accomplishes this is sulforaphane.

Our Glucosinolates & Sulforaphanes is a powerhouse, providing a four-fold increase in the phase 2 enzymes inducing and cancer preventing molecules for which it is named.

More Powerful:  Notice that the label above guarantees a Glucosinolate level of 15,000 ppm, a Glucoraphanin level of 10,000 ppm and a Sulforaphane potential of 4,000 ppm. However, as you can see in the Certificate of Analysis below, the actual levels of these three most important ingredients are much higher, with the Glucosinolates at 21,359 ppm, the Glucoraphanins at 19,407 ppm, and the Sulforaphane yield at 8,733 ppm.  Our old beloved our Glucosinolates & Sulforaphanes product offered a 1500 ppm sulforaphane potential yield.

Organic Broc Sprout CofA

Recommended dose:  one to two capsules a day. Preferably on empty stomach AM/PM.

Sulforaphane (SF) is a phytochemical that displays both anticarcinogenic and anticancer activity. SF modulates many cancer‐related events, including susceptibility to carcinogens, cell death, cell cycle, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis.   Zhang and Tang (2007) review its discovery and development as a cancer chemopreventive agent.

The preponderance of evidence available from in vitro, animal, and human studies supports the association of sulforaphane with phase II enzyme inductions.  Broccoli sprouts are the richest source of glucoraphanin which is the direct precursor to sulforaphane.  Since broccoli sulforaphane is one of the most potent inducers of phase II enzymes, exploration into broccoli’s impact on other areas of human health, such as cardiovasucular health and upper airway immunity, has been suggested (James et al., 2012).

In Qidong, China, a region where exposures to food-and air-borne carcinogens has been considerable, clinical trials indicate that interventions with well characterized preparations of broccoli sprouts may enhance the detoxication of aflatoxins and air-borne toxins, which may in turn attenuate their associated health risks including cancer in exposed individuals (Kensler et al., 2012).


  • James, D., Devaraj, S., Bellur, P., Lakkanna, S., Vicini, J., & Boddupalli, S. (2012). Novel concepts of broccoli sulforaphanes and disease: induction of phase II antioxidant and detoxification enzymes by enhanced-glucoraphanin broccoli. Nutrition reviews, 70(11), 654-665.
  • Kensler, T. W., Egner, P. A., Agyeman, A. S., Visvanathan, K., Groopman, J. D., Chen, J. G., … & Talalay, P. (2012). Keap1–nrf2 signaling: a target for cancer prevention by sulforaphane. In Natural Products in Cancer Prevention and Therapy(pp. 163-177). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  • Müller, L., Meyer, M., Bauer, R. N., Zhou, H., Zhang, H., Jones, S., ... & Jaspers, I. (2016). Effect of broccoli sprouts and live attenuated influenza virus on peripheral blood natural killer cells: a randomized, double-blind study. PloS one, 11(1), e0147742.
  • Noah, T. L., Zhang, H., Zhou, H., Glista-Baker, E., Müller, L., Bauer, R. N., ... & Robinette, C. (2014). Effect of broccoli sprouts on nasal response to live attenuated influenza virus in smokers: a randomized, double-blind study. PloS one, 9(6), e98671.
  • Zhang, Y., & Tang, L. (2007). Discovery and development of sulforaphane as a cancer chemopreventive phytochemical. Acta pharmacologica Sinica, 28(9), 1343-1354.

To Your Health,


We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.

Green Facts:

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Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50%. A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits. (Walter Willett MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2019)


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