Health Benefits of Microgreens

It has long been known and understood that people who consume greater quantities of leafy green vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables from the brassicae family which include the likes of Broccoli, Bok Choi, Cabbage, Cress, Kale, Radish, Rocket and literally hundreds more, have reduced risk of cancer.  It was not until the early 1990’s that scientists started uncovering why this was true. Drs. Paul Talalay and Yeusheng Zhang,  from John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine, conducted a landmark study in which they first identified Sulforaphane as a cancer preventative compound. Sulforaphane is a phytochemical (or biologically active compound produced by plants) that displays anticarcinogenic characterisitcs.  Sulforaphane is found in most of the cruciferous vegetables, but found most abundantly in Broccoli.

Interestingly Broccoli in  sprout form (just post germination when root has appeared)  or microgreen form (just post sprout form when the cotyledons have emerged and developed) are between 50 and 100 times more Sulforaphane rich by weight than a full grown head of Broccoli.  So, if you are looking to benefit from Sulforaphane, it seems eating Broccoli sprouts and microgreens is definitely the way to go!

Since the discovery of Sulforaphane, a vast number of journal articles, reports, research studies, etc. have been conducted on the effects of Sulforaphane on different diseases, including various cancers, autism, heart disease, digestive diseases, diabetes and many more, with some really promising results.  We have provided links below to articles and research papers which we find particularly interesting and which you may want to review.

We have also added our two favourite You Tube videos, both from Dr. Rhonda Patrick (thanks Doc!), for your benefit.   We recommend you find the time to sit down and watch the videos first, and then start trawling some of the research below for more detail.  We have also included some cautionary ‘against’ views to try and remain balanced.

Enjoy the ride. We hope this changes your life!






  •  Lynch, R., Diggins, E. L., Connors, S. L., Zimmerman, A. W., Singh, K., Liu, H., … Fahey, J. W. (2017). Sulforaphane from Broccoli Reduces Symptoms of Autism: A Follow-up Case Series from a Randomized Double-blind Study. Global Advances in Health and Medicine.                                          
  • Xuling Su, Xin Jiang, Lingbin Meng, Xiaoming Dong, Yanjun Shen, and Ying Xin. (2018) Anticancer Activity of Sulforaphane: The Epigenetic Mechanisms and the Nrf2 Signaling Pathway. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, vol. 2018, Article ID 5438179, 10 pages.                                                  
  • Bent S, Lawton B, Warren T, Widjaja F, Dang K, Fahey JW, et al. Identification of urinary metabolites that correlate with clinical improvements in children with autism treated with sulforaphane from broccoli. Mol Autism. 2018;9:35.


Bladder Cancer

Breast Cancer

Colon Cancer

Gastric Cancer

  • Akinori YanakaJed Fahey,  Atsushi Fukumoto,  Mari NakayamaSouta InoueSonghua ZhangMasafumi TauchiHideo SuzukiIchinosuke Hyodo and Masayuki Yamamoto (2009) Dietary Sulforaphane-Rich Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Colonization and Attenuate Gastritis in Helicobacter pylor –Infected Mice and Humans.

Lung Cancer


  • Shawn Tahata, Shivendra V. Singh, Yan Lin, Eun-Ryeong Hahm, Jan H. Beumer, Susan M. Christner, Uma N. Rao, Cindy Sander, Ahmad A. Tarhini, Hussein Tawbi, Laura K. Ferris, Melissa Wilson, Amy Rose, Catherine M. Dietz, Ellen Hughes, Jed W. Fahey, Sancy A. Leachman, Pamela B. Cassidy, Lisa H. Butterfield, Hassane M. Zarour and John M. Kirkwood. (2018). Evaluation of Biodistribution of Sulforophane after Administration of Oral Broccoli Sprout Extract in Melanoma Patients with Multiple Atypical Nevi. 

Prostate Cancer


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Chrones Disease

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Ulcerative Colitis

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