Sulforaphane, from broccoli sprouts, is scientifically proven to help your mind and body work better. Shape Magazine called it "one of the best anti-inflammatory foods you should be eating regularly" and in Well + Good, it's "The secret weapon a gastroenterologist eats for breakfast." With countless benefits, defining exactly which are best is tough, but for us, these are the top 5:
Sure, sulforaphane can help with the obvious signs of poor gut health like bloating and constipation, but there’s so much more to be gained than overt signs like those. The reality is, gut health plays a major role in a ton of critically important physiological processes – immunity, sleep, mood regulation and other things that you may not associate with your gut. By helping to heal the gut lining and restoring a healthy gut microbiome, sulforaphane provides a massive boost to your overall health.
First, there are the tangible benefits that sulforaphane’s anti-inflammatory properties deliver in the short term – things like a reduction in muscle and joint soreness, better energy production, even visible improvements to skin conditions like rosacea and acne. These benefits are astounding in their own right, but the value that inflammation reduction presents in the long term has the potential to be immensely more important to your overall health and wellness.
All hyperbole aside, chronic inflammation is an existential risk to human health. When left unchecked, inflammation can cause widespread damage to cells and tissues, and eventually disrupt the basic physiological functions that we rely on for our longevity. Sulforaphane has been proven time and time again to counteract the damaging effects of inflammation, leaving you feeling not only more beautiful and physically capable in the short term – but fortified against critical threats to your health and quality of life in the long term.
We get it, “detoxification” has a stigma. There’s no shortage of detox products out there that are fueled by more hype than science. That’s exactly why sulforaphane is so valuable. Unlike pseudoscientific junk cleanses, sulforaphane works by dialing up your body’s own natural detoxification processes so that you’re able to clear toxins on your own more effectively. Since sulforaphane isn’t a diuretic or a laxative, you’re able to clear toxins without the undue risks to your health that come from those harsh medications.
The best part? We can all finally agree to leave the apple cider vinegar shots and cayenne pepper teas in 2020 where they belong.
We all know that antioxidants are one of your better bets for longevity. Sulforaphane's ability to repair cellular damage incurred from aggressors like air pollution, the 80k toxins are exposed to, solar radiation, and any number of other hard to avoid sources, sulforaphane helps prevent a ton of other serious conditions. From kidney disease to cataracts, sulforaphane’s ability to reduce oxidative stress keeps cells throughout the body protected from the kinds of threats that are inherent in modern life.
Sulforaphane keeps us healthy in the face of a lot of serious threats, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t care about looking as good as we feel. Sulforaphane not only reduces the inflammation that contributes to acne and other skin conditions, but it does amazing things for your own natural collagen production. No more ineffective powders that your body isn’t actually designed to convert into usable collagen, just luminous clear skin.