Health Benefits of Sprouts: What Does the Research Say?
Much of the research related to sprouts has focused on broccoli sprouts. Though these are far from the only healthy sprout, they do seem to offer exceptional health benefits. Here is a summary of what research has uncovered about a variety of sprouts:
- Broccoli sprouts fight cancer and stomach ulcers. Japanese researchers found that a diet rich in broccoli sprouts significantly reduced H. pylori infection among a group of 20 people. H. pylori is known to cause gastritis, peptic ulcers and possibly stomach cancer.
- Broccoli sprout extract protects against skin cancer. When researchers from Johns Hopkins University applied the extract to the skin of hairless mice, it counteracted the carcinogenic effect of ultraviolet light exposure.
- Eating just 113 grams of broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts, alfalfa sprouts or clover sprouts each day may help to reduce your risk of cancer by protecting your DNA from damage.