How is BrocElite® different than other Brocolli supplements?
Sulforaphane 101: An Introduction
What is sulforaphane? It is the good molecule that comes from broccoli, and it amazing benefits are why people grow and eat broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane was discovered in 1992 at Johns Hopkins and since then there have been over 2,000 research papers written about its many benefits, such as blocking inflammation, supporting brain health, promoting antioxidant production, detox, improving sleep, and more.
Sulforaphane turns ON the anti-inflammation Nrf-2 pathway in the body (and it’s the best natural compound that does so). Because Nrf-2 also regulates tight junction function in the gut, sulforaphane promotes intestinal integrity which prevents leaky gut. Sulforaphane also turns on over 200 antioxidants for 72 hours, and it activates BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is at the center of brain health because it protects existing neurons and creates new ones.
Unfortunately, receiving the health benefits from sulforaphane isn’t as simple as eating a bunch of broccoli or sprouts. You would have to eat around 1-5lbs of raw organic broccoli in order to receive any benefit of sulforaphane. This would get old really fast (trust us—our founder, David, has done it!). Even worse, because of how food is grown and handled, you can't be sure that the broccoli you're eating contains adequate levels of glucoraphanin, the precursor to sulforaphane.
Our supplement, BrocElite, has stabilized sulforaphane right in the capsule. In fact, it’s the only naturally derived stabilized sulforaphane product on the market—no other broccoli supplement has it.
Other broccoli supplements may say they have sulforaphane, but they really have the precursor (sometimes confusingly marketed as “sulforaphane glucosinolate”). And despite flashy marketing, broccoli supplements with glucoraphanin most likely won't help you, as shown in this 2020 study from Johns Hopkins on autistic children that showed no effect.
To learn more about sulforaphane—the phytonutrient with so many health benefits—check out these podcasts and articles created and written by our founders, including the MD and PhD on our team.
Podcast: Sulforaphane’s Nrf-2 Independent Benefits
The Deception of the Broccoli Supplement Industry
Why Sulforaphane is Incredible for Brain and Gut Health
Broccoli Sprouts vs. Supplements: Which is Better?