Increasing carbon dioxide levels increases beneficial broccoli sprout compounds

This 2020 study used IPCC unscientific, politically-motivated, wild-ass guesses for year 2100 CO2 levels to find that broccoli sprouts – like most plants – benefit when CO2 is increased:

“Elevated CO2 (eCO2, 620 ppm, the expected IPCC-SRES B2-scenario prediction of eCO2 of the year 2100) was applied for 9 days to further improve nutritive and health-promoting values of three cultivars of broccoli sprouts.

  • eCO2 improved sprouts growth and induced GLs [glucosinolates] accumulation.
  • There were increases in myrosinase activity, which stimulated GLs hydrolysis to yield health-promoting sulforaphane.
  • Low levels of sulforaphane nitrile were detected and positively correlated with reduced epithiospecifier protein after eCO2 treatment.
  • High glucoraphanin and sulforaphane levels in eCO2 treated sprouts improved the anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties of their extracts.

In conclusion, eCO2 treatment enriches broccoli sprouts with health-promoting metabolites and bioactivities.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S030881462030964X “Elevated CO2 improves glucosinolate metabolism and stimulates anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of broccoli sprouts” (not freely available)


This study was sponsored in Saudi Arabia. Would gathering such scientific evidence even be permitted in more “enlightened” countries?

Performing research on obvious lies and thinking for yourself isn’t allowed anymore in most “learning” institutions. You already knew that, didn’t you?

At the end of How much sulforaphane is suitable for healthy people? I applauded my high-school literature teachers for forcing their students to demonstrate that they could think for themselves. I didn’t mention that each monthly assignment to read two books, then compare-and-contrast them in a 3-page handwritten paper, was individualized so that students couldn’t undo the assignment’s purpose with parasitical collaboration.

This former practice remains a good measure of intentional dumbing-down of young people, the purpose of which has become clearer.

3 thoughts on “Increasing carbon dioxide levels increases beneficial broccoli sprout compounds

  1. Have you seen any studies (or have knowledge) related to sulforaphane content between (a) grinding up the broccoli sprout seeds and eating them (e.g., in the form of a smoothie) versus (b) growing them over a few days into sprouts? It seems like if the sulforaphane content is the same in, say, 1 tbsp of ground seeds and the sprouts resulting from 1 tbsp of seeds, then you could get the benefit of sulforaphane with less work?

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  2. *Might be of interest:*

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    Dr. Fahey’s seminal work shed light on the exceptional place broccoli sprouts hold in the nutritional world as rich dietary sources of isothiocyanates, as well as many of their extraordinary effects on human health. I’m excited to directly connect Dr. Fahey with you, as an evangelist and big fan of his unique contributions to the understanding of the connection of these special compounds with human health.

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    On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM Surface Your Real Self wrote:

    > gettingwell4 posted: “This 2020 study used IPCC unscientific, > politically-motivated, wild-ass guesses for year 2100 CO2 levels to find > that broccoli sprouts – like most plants – benefit when CO2 is increased: > “Elevated CO2 (eCO2, 620 ppm, the expected IPCC-SRES B2-scenario pr” >

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