Broccoli Microgreens – 6 Amazing Health Benefits

Broccoli Microgreens – 6 Amazing Health Benefits

We all know that broccoli is super healthy, but most of us don’t eat it often enough. Did you know there’s an even more nutrient-dense form of broccoli you’ve probably never heard of? Yes!! Broccoli Microgreens. 

The health benefits of broccoli microgreens are unbelievable, considering their tiny size. They can contain up to 40 times the levels of nutrients by weight compared to adult broccoli.

What are broccoli microgreens? It is a phase in a plant’s life when it is between 10 and 14 days old. During this stage, sulforaphane (pronounced ‘sull-fore-uh-fane’), one of the plant’s natural compounds peaks. Sulforaphane is nature’s most potent known activator which means it activates a biological process that actually creates antioxidant proteins in your body.

This compound is also present in a few other cruciferous vegetables like Bok choy, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. However, broccoli is one of the foods highest in sulforaphane, particularly at the sprout and microgreen stages

Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of broccoli microgreens and sulforaphane.


Many studies and animal studies have confirmed the anti-cancer properties of sulforaphane.

Sulforaphane works in several ways against cancer, including reducing the number and size of various types of cancer cells and making it harder for cancer cells to multiply.

Sulforaphane also facilitates the release of antioxidants and detoxifying enzymes that neutralize known cancer-causing elements such as benzene. It binds to a protein within the cells and, in the process, catalyzes the production of enzymes that help the cells resist toxic and carcinogenic substances. 


One of the major causes of cardiovascular diseases and complications is inflammation. Inflammation of the arteries can cause narrowing of the vessels leading to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.

Results from animal and test-tube studies suggest that sulforaphane contains anti-inflammatory properties. This compound activates a protein known as Nrf2 that prevents the endothelial cells (the cells that line your arteries), from triggering inflammation.

In a 2009 study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Sciences Unit, it was found that activation of Nrf2 may prevent or reduce atherosclerosis. 


Sulforaphane has been found to alleviate the effects of diabetes, especially in people with diabetes who are obese or overweight. 

One study examined the effect of sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts on people with Type 2 diabetes. The 97 participants were each given broccoli containing 150 µmol of sulforaphane daily. The study concluded that sulforaphane helped reduce blood sugar levels by as much as 6.5% and also improved blood sugar control.


Broccoli, specifical sulforaphane, has recently been studied for its potential benefits to children with autism. 

A study by Johns Hopkins University found that a daily dose of sulforaphane for four weeks improved behavioral and communication assessments in autistic children. 

It has been observed that fever improves autism symptoms. Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, the lead researcher, explained that they came up with the idea of using sulforaphane to treat autism because of its ability to induce fever. 


Sulforaphane supports anti-aging by activating heat shock proteins in the body. Commonly referred to just as HSP27, heat shock proteins slow down the cell aging process. 

Heat shock protein work against aging by mobilizing defenses that protect against cellular damage from ultraviolet light.


Studies have shown sulforaphane reduces mental decline and improves recovery after a brain injury. It has been proven to reduce depression symptoms and anxiety in animal studies. 

A 2017 study concluded that sulforaphane, in conjunction with vitamin E, improved cognitive deterioration and reduced oxidative damage in baby mice that were exposed to lead. 

Even though many of these studies were focused on animals, primarily mice, there are human studies currently underway.


Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a biomedical scientist researching the health benefits of broccoli microgreens advises growing your own broccoli sprouts and microgreens at home.

At New Life Greens, it is our mission to provide you with kits that makes it easy for you to grow your own microgreens at home to fill the nutritional gaps in your diet. Don’t think you can fit more veggies into your diet?  With microgreens you can!!


What better way to enjoy all the nutrients and health benefits of broccoli microgreens, including sulforaphane, than to add this superfood to most of your meals.

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