What is in this article?:
- 'Super' broccoli: Are nutrients from food better than supplements?
- What's next: 'Super' spinach and kale?
- A researcher and doctor's take
- So why not just eat broccoli?
Beneforté, a new kind of broccoli sold in the U.K., contains much more cancer-fighting nutrients than regular broccoli. But is "super" broccoli needed? A new study shows that supplements can boost absorption of the key nutrient, glucoraphanin, in regular broccoli.
What's next: 'Super' spinach and kale?
Beneforté is not currently making any label health claims, but aims to get a heart-health claim approved in future.
Then last week, more breaking broccoli news: In order to reap the full health benefits from eating regular broccoli, people need to eat the whole vegetable as opposed to supplements, according to a new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
When eaten raw or lightly cooked, enzymes in broccoli help break down glucosinates into two beneficial compounds: sulforaphane and erucin. Because supplements lack these enzymes, the body absorbs five to eight times fewer healthy metabolites, said researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Sounds like bad news for manufacturers of sulforaphane supplements, right? (And good news for Beneforté.)
Not so fast. Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Illinois reported that combining supplements with super nutrient-dense broccoli sprouts may boost sulforaphane absorption. So perhaps there’s a synergistic solution: Have your broccoli and your supplements, too.