Considerations for choosing sulforaphane / glucoraphanin supplements | Jed Fahey

[Jed]: And, in fact, there are now companies
that are selling glucoraphanin plus myrosinase. You have to be careful if you buy those supplements
because it’s not a given that they’re going to be as stable as multivitamins and things
that you can just leave on the shelf for years. So you need to pay attention to the expiration
dates on those products that have live active enzyme. I’m not in the supplement business, but I’ve
become more and more familiar with it. Most supplement makers, it appears, don’t
like to sell stuff that has to be refrigerated or put in a freezer. I think it increases their cost. And so most of the supplements that I’m aware
of are made to be shelf-stable, but I think it won’t… If you were to buy a supplement that has active
myrosinase or that says they have active myrosinase, I think it wouldn’t hurt to put them in a
refrigerator, treat them as you would treat a probiotic supplement. [Rhonda]: And you’ve actually measured the
content of glucoraphanin and/or sulforaphane in some of these supplements that are found
on the market. Is that correct? [Jed]: We have. We have. [Rhonda]: And you found that there’s only
a really small amount of supplements that actually contain what they say they contain? [Jed]: Yes. [Rhonda]: I think one of them you mentioned
was a French company that has actually sulforaphane in it, Prostaphane? [Jed]: Yes. So I’ve actually been told that there…and
I think it was someone in the industry that told me this, that there are something, like,
1,000 supplements that claim to have broccoli sprouts or broccoli extracts in them that
are on the market now. I certainly it would take me all of my waking
hours to try to vet that statement and validate the content of each of them. But, in our lab, we have looked at a number
of supplements. Some of those that are more prominent or that
you see advertised or some of those that we’ve been aware of because we know people that
have asked us about them. And many of them 20 years ago, there were
a bunch of supplements that said they have sulforaphane and sulforaphane cures cancer
because John Hopkins says so. This is highly inaccurate and they should
have been taken to court. But you can’t make statements like that. Nobody has shown that any of these supplements
prevent cancer or cure cancer. We certainly hope to be part of the group
of scientists who are able to put some teeth behind that evidence and, eventually, I think
one day it may be shown that in people, cancer can be prevented by taking something like
sulforaphane, but that has not been proven to date. So anyway, to get back to your question, we
have looked at a variety of supplements. Twenty years ago, when they started coming
out, there were many supplements that we could demonstrate were not even broccoli sprout
or broccoli. It had no broccoli in them yet they said they
were broccoli supplements. People were selling what they called broccoli
seeds and when you actually grew them out and grew plants from them, you grew cauliflower
or you grew canola or rapeseed from them or something else. Or in some more egregious cases, we found
stuff that was sold as broccoli seeds that was really alfalfa seeds. So a lot of liberties were taken, a lot of
shysters were on the market. I think that’s cleaned up somewhat now, but
now there are a ton, and as I say, I was told a 1,000, but many, many, many supplements
that say they have sulforaphane or glucoraphanin in them. We have analyzed a small number of them, those
that are made by labs or companies that we’ve read and heard good things about that haven’t
been challenged by the FDA for sanitation problems or for mislabeling. And there are supplements that contain glucoraphanin
alone, there are a few now that contain glucoraphanin plus myrosinase and there are a few that contain
sulforaphane. We are publishing this, should be out in the
next week or two, a paper in which we actually look at the bioavailability of sulforaphane
from a French supplement that is called Prostaphane. There’s been at least one publication that
looked at its ability to change the PSA trajectory in men who have had prostate cancer. [Rhonda]: And that’s a biomarker for prostate
cancer? [Jed]: It’s a biomarker for prostate cancer
return rate. And so those tablets, they’re tablets that
should be refrigerated to prolong the life of the sulforaphane in them. The bioavailability of the sulforaphane from
those tablets was essentially identical to that from powders that we made in the lab
by extracting broccoli sprouts and treating them with myrosinase and freeze-drying them. [Rhonda]: That’s very impressive. [Jed]: So we were delighted to see that they
worked. Yeah. Unfortunately, they’re not being sold in the
U.S. I hope that one of the supplement companies can… I hope that somehow or another business, the
business of supplements gets them to this country.

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