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How is BrocElite® different than other Brocolli supplements?
Sulforaphane 101: An Introduction
What is sulforaphane? Sulforaphane is a powerful phytonutrient (a fancy word for plant-based molecule) that comes from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane was discovered in 1992 at Johns Hopkins and since then, over 2,000 research papers have been published reporting its many benefits. Among these amazing abilities, sulforaphane has been scientifically proven to block inflammation, support brain health, promote antioxidant production, enable detoxification, enhance antiviral/antibacterial response, increase immune function, and improve sleep.
How can sulforaphane do this? It activates several different pathways and molecules upon entry to the bloodstream, including Nrf-2, BDNF, and over 200 antioxidants. Nrf-2 is a major antioxidant pathway in the body that is responsible for blocking inflammation and reducing cellular stress. When sulforaphane turns this pathway on, a cascade of reactions leads to the release of molecules that halt inflammatory chemicals and promote cellular repair. This particularly helps with the gut, joints, and immune system. Similarly, BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) is an important molecule that, when activated by sulforaphane, works to protect your brain by repairing existing neurons and helping create new ones. This improves sleep, mood, and neuroplasticity. You can read more about the many benefits of sulforaphane in our links below.
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, glucoraphanin (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.
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.
BrocElite® is the only naturally derived Stabilized Sulforaphane supplement on the market.
Other Brocolli supplements
- No Sulforaphane in the capsule
- Has Glucoraphanin in the capsule
- Does not induce Nrf2
- Has filler like: Magnesium Stearate and Silicon Dioxide
- May have glyphosate (Roundup) residues
- Has Sulforaphane in the capsule
- Has NO Glucoraphanin in the capsule
- Induces Nrf2 (you feel the difference)
- No Fillers
- Certified Glyphosate residue free
- Each batch 3rd party tested for SFN content