Protective Enzymes


Sulforaphane, a molecule found in broccoli, has been identified as a potent inducer of protective enzymes in humans, according to research discussed by Rhonda Patrick and Jed Fahey. Initially discovered in the early 1990s, sulforaphane was shown to upregulate the cytoprotective enzyme system, also known as the phase two enzyme system. This system plays a crucial role in detoxifying and protecting cells from damage, potentially preventing diseases such as cancer. The proactive efforts to breed broccoli with higher levels of sulforaphane highlighted the challenges in predicting sulforaphane content without sophisticated chemical analysis due to varying levels of its precursor, glucoraphanin, in the plant 1.

Broccoli's Protective Molecule

Jed Fahey explains how sulforaphane, a molecule found in broccoli, can upregulate protective enzymes in people. He also talks about how it's difficult to predict how much sulforaphane a broccoli plant would have based on things like smell, touch, and color, and how the intact broccoli plants had glucoraphin at various levels.

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Jed Fahey, Sc.D. on Isothiocyanates, the Nrf2 Pathway, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation