Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast


Breast Cancer Authority

Broccoli Sprouts For Breast Cancer PreventionBy: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Broccoli and broccoli sprouts produce a compound that appears to target breast cancer cells, but this is in a test tube. How do we even know we absorb sulforaphane into our bloodstream? And even if we do, how much do we have to eat to arrive at these test tube concentrations where it counts—in breast tissue itself where a tumor may be evolving. An innovative group at Hopkins figured it out: let’s find women scheduled for breast reduction surgery, and an hour before they go into the operating room, have them drink some broccoli sprout juice. And that’s what they did.

They collected breast tissue from 8 women an hour after broccoli, and here’s what they found. An averaging of 2 picomoles per milligram in their left breasts and 1.45 in…

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