Research Archive

A Curated Knowledgebase

Pubmed is the definitive database of life sciences peer-reviewed research, maintained as a free public resource by the NIH, for anyone to use. If you search there for "sulforaphane" (the active compound in cruciferous vegetables, available in up to a 100x higher dose in broccoli sprouts than in mature broccoli) - you will get literally thousands of results. SO much research has been diligently performed, a lot of it funded by your taxpayer dollars, and there are significant new studies that come out every week. The public quest for knowledge is breathtaking and our understanding of the genome and human biology with modern technologies has expanded tremendously in the last 10 years. The idea that all this research is motivated by greedy industrialists who will say anything to sell you a placebo is nonsense. Sure, some studies are poorly designed and many are of limited value or they have difficulty reproducing results. But there is no Big Broccoli trade association trying to scam you! (and we aren't either btw, we are driven by a calling of non sibi sed omnibus and are dedicated to Truth - wherever it takes us. Our greatest hope is to be of genuine public service).

Therefore while it is productive to ask what the research establishes, how a particular study was constructed, was it an in vitro experiment, an animal test, a double blind human clinical trial, how large was the sample size, and so on, we think it is worthwhile to consider the weight of this body of knowledge in aggregate, and believe that there is enough evidence here to apply it to our daily lives. To flat out ignore this research is foolish. 

It is not possible for us to catalog, rate, and comment on every single study here. The selected research we provide below is our attempt to pick out the most interesting, relevant, recent, and accessible articles and videos, in order to help people who don't know much about this topic and haven't had time to dive deep into the knowledgebase. If this inspires you to dig deeper, that is fantastic. Please let us know what you learn, we love to talk broc! And definitely, if this gets you to start sprouting and become a PowerSprouter too, yay! Welcome aboard! Let's have a sprout party!

And so - with that introduction - let's have look at what the latest research is telling us:

An Overview

This 45 minute video from 2016 is a terrific starting place. Dr. Patrick produces a rapid and thoughtful review of some of the most significant research to that date. She is a very passionate and committed biochemist who is widely followed on her own channel, FoundMyFitness, as well as having appeared on Joe Rogan and other popular podcasts. We're huge fans.

Dr. Jed Fahey

Dr. Fahey is a nutritional biochemist with broad training and extensive background in plant physiology, human nutrition, phytochemistry and nutritional biochemistry. He is currently the Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where plant-based chemoprotective agents are being developed. Over the last two decades he has contributed an enormous amount to our understanding of isothiocyanates and their role in supporting health. This 2 1/2 hour conversation from January of 2017 with Dr. Patrick is utterly fascinating - you'll want to watch it all the way to the end.

Breast Cancer

In these 2 and 3 minute videos, Dr. Michael Greger of does a lovely job showing visually what a cup and a half of brocsprouts can do to fight a cancerous lesion in the breast. One in eight women get diagnosed with breast cancer. Please let's do anything to make it stop.

Prostate Cancer

These studies suggest a significant decrease in prostate cancer progression and risk.

a) PSA doubling time was 86% longer in the sulforaphane than placebo group (28.9 and 15.5 months respectively).

b) Highest quartile consumers of cruciferous vegetables 59% less prostate cancer progression than lowest.

c) Mice given brocsprouts more than twice less likely to develop prostate cancer at 28 weeks.

This review article from 2016 was a fun read! Formulations, patents, and general information on sulforaphane delivery.

So much effort to put the magic in a pill. Why? Because people (especially kids) won't eat their broccoli (or brocsprouts) directly. (A skeptic might also argue that there's more money in pills and patented formulations, but we will leave that for you to consider). At PowerSprouter, we like sprouts. The real thing. Fresh.

More coming soon!