Beneficial Broccoli- The Bountiful Benefits of Broccoli Microgreens

Beneficial Broccoli- The Bountiful Benefits of Broccoli Microgreens

Dani Greens broccoli shoots are one of my most popular varieties of greens. The broccoli shoot is tender, slightly sweet, and pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of foods and/or meals that they're added to. 


You might think "I hate broccoli!" But, even if you dislike the broccoli smell, taste or texture of a full grown floret, I'd encourage you not to write off broccoli microgreens just yet.  While broccoli shoots do have a slight broccoli taste, it is very mild and will mostly take on the flavor of what you pair it with because it is so mild and delicate. The texture? Absolutely NOTHING like a full grown broccoli floret.

Broccoli Shoots are delicious and even my picky eater who refuses veggies of all kinds loves broccoli shoots on his sandwiches and tacos. That should tell you all you need to know! 


If you're still questioning this whole broccoli microgreen thing, the health benefits alone might just convince you to try them. 


1 cup (91 grams) of raw broccoli contains:

  • Calories: 31
  • Water: 89%
  • Protein: 2.5 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Sugar: 1.5 grams
  • Fiber: 2.4 grams
  • Fat: 0.4 grams
  • Vitamin C: 70% of the DV
  • Vitamin K1
  • Folate
  • Potassium 
  • Manganese
  • Iron

Broccoli shoots are particularly high in vitamin A. Beta carotenes promote overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. 

Broccoli shoots are also high in vitamin C, so while you're enjoying your tender, sweet broccoli shoots, know that you're also improving the health of your immune system at the same time! 


While raw Broccoli contains all of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above, you might be surprised to know that broccoli microgreens contain the same vitamins and minerals, but in higher quantities. 


In fact, microgreens have consistently been found to have anywhere between 5-40 times more nutritional value than a full grown vegetable. 


But there's more!


Broccoli contains sulforaphane which will be our main focus here. 

Sulforaphane is a natural plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. It is produced when the enzyme myrosinase transforms glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate, into sulforaphane upon damage to the plant, which allows the two compounds to mix and react. 


Sulforaphane has been associated with various health benefits, including:

  1. Anti-inflammatory Effects: Sulforaphane has been shown to help reduce biomarkers of inflammation, which is associated with a range of health issues, including cancer and heart disease
  2. Cancer Prevention: Research suggests that sulforaphane may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. It has been found to neutralize toxins, reduce inflammation, protect DNA, and slow tumor growth
  3. Heart Health: Sulforaphane may have beneficial effects on heart health, including reducing inflammation and protecting against cardiovascular disease
  4. Brain Health: Studies have indicated that sulforaphane may have neuroprotective properties, potentially reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
  5. Blood Sugar Control: Sulforaphane has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels, making it a potential aid in diabetes management
  6. Skin Protection: Sulforaphane may protect against skin damage caused by the sun, offering potential benefits for skin health
  7. Digestive Health: Some research suggests that sulforaphane may improve symptoms of constipation, offering potential benefits for digestive health

Research suggests that sulforaphane may even be beneficial for treating certain symptoms of autism! 


Sulforaphane is known for its antioxidant properties and is considered one of the reasons why dark green vegetables like broccoli is beneficial for health.


Research has shown that sulforaphane and other compounds in broccoli may protect our cells from the damage caused by oxidative stress.


While I was researching for this blog post, I came across this article from Johns Hopkins Magazine, and there were some pretty amazing discoveries about broccoli sprouts made by researcher Paul Talalay for Johns Hopkins. While sprouts specifically were used for the research, we can definitely assume the same benefits, in more concentrated amounts, of the broccoli microgreen. Here is the link https://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2023/spring/broccoli-sprouts-health-research/


This is only one highlight from this article regarding sulforaphane and what the research found:


SULFORAPHANE HELPED THE BODY EXCRETE 61% MORE BENZENE, A CARCINOGEN, AND 23% MORE ACROLEIN, A LUNG IRRITANT, TWO TOXINS PREVALENT IN POLLUTED AIR.


In this PubMed study, participants, both male and female, consumed broccoli sprouts for one week, and biomarkers were measured before and after. What was found was that one week  of consuming broccoli sprouts improved cholesterol metabolism and decreased oxidative stress markers.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15630296/


It's simply amazing, what these little seedlings have the ability to do if we simply add them to our diets! 


Hopefully you've been convinced why you should try Dani Greens broccoli shoots for yourself by now. If not for their sweet, likable taste, for their health benefits. 


Broccoli shoots are not only one of my most popular varieties of microgreens, but they're also one of my personal favorites too. 


I add broccoli microgreens to my morning toast, preferably with avocado. I add them to sandwiches. I add them to tacos. I add them to salads. I add them to smoothies that I give to my children. The taste of a broccoli shoot in a smoothie? Non existent! 


Broccoli microgreens are widely popular for their sweet taste and delicate texture, but what the focus should be on is their amazing health benefits- specifically focusing on sulforaphane. 


The Dani Greens farm always has to grow more trays of broccoli than any other variety, because my customers love them. 


If you are looking for a nutrient dense addition to your diet, and also hope to avoid common health issues like high blood pressure, oxidative stress, inflammation, cancer, heart disease, parkinson's disease, alzheimers, high blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, or digestive issues, then Dani Greens broccoli shoots are perfect for you! 


It's safe to say that you should jump on this bandwagon, friends. 


Head to www.danigreens.com and place your order today for Dani Greens broccoli shoots, which are available in a single compact clamshell, or a whole entire tray. 


I will grow your order, then I will deliver your broccoli shoots directly to your home, making it easy and convenient for you to start reaping the benefits of this amazingly delicious seedling! 


I can't wait to serve you and to be your personal broccoli shoot farmer. 


Dani

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