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How to Kitchen Farm Mighty Cancer Fighting Broccoli Sprouts
by Paul Fassa
In some cases, it's been observed to transform the regular food substance of a plant and remove most of its negative qualities. Sprouted wheat is one example.
Broccoli sprouts make regular broccoli's health benefits seem miniscule. You won't have to eat a bunch of broccoli often if you consume a handful of light broccoli sprouts often.
Broccoli Sprout Wars: Labs vs Farmers
Broccoli is established as an anti-cancer vegetable. But are broccoli sprouts an anti-cancer improvement over regular broccoli? John Hopkins researchers certainly thought so. From 1992 to 1997, a John Hopkins research team searched for broccoli's cancer fighting compound.
They isolated the cancer fighting phytochemical sulforaphane. And they discovered that sprouting delivers more sulforaphane than broccoli alone with 50 times the anti-cancer power. And it only takes four to six ounces weekly of premium broccoli sprouts to deliver this.
Well, the boys at John Hopkins decided they should form the Brassica Protection Products company and patent their discovery after isolating sulforaphane and the broccoli strain that contained the highest sulforaphane content sprouting seeds.
And, shades of Monsanto, they started suing existing commercial broccoli sprout growers who didn't pay royalties for their seed products. No, those seeds were not genetically modified or created. The sprout growers grouped together and fought back.
Eventually, a Maryland high court ruled in favor of the defendants represented by the International Sprout Growers Association, stating that discovering the strain with optimum nutrients did not create the right to patent a food and farming practice that had already been in existence.
The Johns Hopkins group dba Brassica Protection Products declined their opportunity to appeal the Maryland verdict. Finally, the farmers won one over the Lab Rats!
Sprouting Your Own is Easy
There have been actual cases of contaminated commercially sold broccoli sprouts recorded some years ago. And it was discovered that the seeds for sprouting were contaminated. As a result, some commercial sprout growers have succumbed to rinsing them in chlorine. Not too healthy.
The solution is simply ensuring seeds you purchase for sprouting are ISGA (International Sprout Growers Association) approved or USDA certified organic. Ask your health food store about this or search the internet.
Besides assuring optimum quality, sprouting your own is much cheaper than buying whole sprouts. You'll get more bang for the buck with your super food level broccoli sprouts by sprouting your own. And storing sprouting seeds is one solution for potential food shortages.
By the way, you can order those high sulforaphane Brassica seeds to sprout yourself from the Caudill Seed Company (not Cargill) at 800-626-5357.
Basic Sprouting Directions
* Buy your organic sprouting seeds (organic). I use Mountain Rose Herbs, an online source.
* Find or purchase a large mouth one quart (approximately) glass container.
* Buy some cheesecloth and a few thick, strong rubber bands.
* Place around three tablespoons of sprouting seeds with at least three times the amount of purified water into the jar.
* Gently shake the jar with lid until all the seeds are soaked.
* Take off the lid and place the cheesecloth over the mouth, securing with a rubber band.
* Allow the seeds to soak for six to twelve hours, then drain them thoroughly and rinse
* Leave the jar on its side, exposed to indirect sunlight. Repeat this process three times or so until the sprouts manifest fully and aren't wet anymore.
* Refrigerate what isn't eaten.
You have begun your veggie sprout "kitchen gardening." You can store seeds and find ways to mechanically make more at a time after this trial run.
About the author:
Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.
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