The Broccoli Conundrum: Not all Supplements Are Created Equal, Find Out Why

By admin August 14, 2017

Broccoli’s therapeutic claim to fame is its active ingredient sulphoraphane. This compound is found in all cruciferous vegetables including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and arugula. However, broccoli sprouts are by far the richest source of sulphoraphane – which then breaks down into the helpful metabolites I3C and DIM in the body. This compound has been researched for its ability to help protect our bodies from free radicals, repair damaged DNA, help protect against cancers including cervical cancer, and is a key ingredient in Papillex.

broccoli sprout papillexReaping the benefits of broccoli’s active ingredient is not as simple as taking any broccoli sprout supplement. The body’s ability to take up nutrients, vitamins and minerals is called bioavailability and varies greatly from person to person and from nutrient to nutrient. There are many things that influence how much of a given nutrient your body can absorb; its source, your gut microbiota and other foods you eat alongside. For example, some vitamins must undergo a chemical conversion in order to be activated while others might require the presence of dietary fats to be absorbed.

In the case of broccoli, the active ingredient sulphoraphane must be first converted before it’s available for use. Cruciferous vegetables store the precursor to sulphoraphane, a molecule called glucoraphanin and only in the presence of an enzyme myrosinase, is it converted into sulphoraphane. Therefore, in order to get active sulphoraphane from our diet, a chemical reaction between the enzyme myrosinase and the precursor glucoraphanin must occur.

Most of the nutritional supplements that are marketed as broccoli sprout extracts only contain glucoraphanin, and not the myrosinase enzyme necessary for the conversion to sulphoraphane. While the bacteria in our gut can help with this chemical reaction, it is inefficient in many people, and therefore provides little benefit.

Papillex uses brassinase, a specialized broccoli powder extract that contains active myrosinase and sulphoraphane. This combination provides all the necessary building blocks to ensure the conversion to active sulphoraphane. Papillex guarantees its biovailability directly to your cells.

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