Broccoli Sprout

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Update Date 12/05/2020 . 3 mins read

Uses

What is broccoli sprout used for?

Broccoli sprout is a young broccoli plant. Compared to mature broccoli, broccoli sprout contains more sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a chemical that is thought to have health benefits. Whole broccoli sprouts or broccoli sprout extracts are used as medicine.

Broccoli sprout is taken by mouth for:

Broccoli sprout extract is applied to the skin to prevent sunburn.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how broccoli sprout works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that when taken by mouth, broccoli sprout reduces the ability of H. pylori to infect the stomach. It also appears to decrease the release of proteins that cause stomach swelling.

When applied to the skin, broccoli sprout increases the amount of protective proteins in the skin.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using broccoli sprout?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of broccoli sprout or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is broccoli sprout?

Broccoli sprout is likely safe to eat in amounts commonly found in food, as long as the broccoli sprouts are grown according to FDA guidelines.

Broccoli sprout extract is possibly safe to take by mouth for up to 7 days. There isn’t enough information to know if it is safe to use broccoli sprout extract for longer periods of time.

Eating broccoli sprouts that have not been grown properly is possibly unsafe. Broccoli sprouts can be contaminated with bacteria if not grown properly. Eating contaminated broccoli sprouts might cause food poisoning.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s likely safe to eat broccoli sprout while pregnant, provided the broccoli sprouts are cooked. However, raw broccoli sprouts are likely unsafe when eaten during pregnancy. Raw broccoli sprouts might be contaminated with bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Food poisoning during pregnancy might cause miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth. Stay on the safe side and eat only cooked broccoli sprouts while pregnant.

Broccoli sprouts are likely safe to eat while breast-feeding, provided the broccoli sprouts are cooked. But it’s possibly unsafe to eat raw broccoli sprouts due to the risk of food poisoning. Stay on the safe side and eat only cooked broccoli sprouts while breast-feeding.

It is not known if it is safe to use broccoli sprout extract while pregnant or breast-feeding.

Low immune system function: Raw broccoli sprouts can be contaminated with bacteria. People who have low immune system function might be more likely than other people to develop food poisoning after eating contaminated raw broccoli sprouts. Advise people with low immune system function to avoid eating raw broccoli sprouts.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from broccoli sprout?

Side effects of eating properly grown broccoli sprouts have not been reported.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with broccoli sprout?

Broccoli sprout may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for broccoli sprout?

The dose for broccoli sprout may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does broccoli sprout come in?

Broccoli sprout may be available in the following forms:

  • Fresh broccoli sprout
  • Encapsulated broccoli sprout extract
  • Broccoli sprout powder

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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