How To Grow Broccoli Sprouts From Home

Why would you want to sprout broccoli seeds if you have breast cancer? It has to do with a powerful compound called sulforaphane, and a natural protective process in the body called apoptosis. Keep reading to learn how to grow broccoli sprouts from home.

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Why Broccoli Sprouts

Sulforaphane is found in sulphur-rich cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, arugula, cabbage, bok choy and cauliflower. While these foods are health-promoting, sprouting increases the nutritional profile up to 100 fold.

The alchemy that takes place during sprouting is nothing short of amazing. The good news is that sprouting broccoli seeds is an easy process, and is a great way to consume a broad array of nutrients, as well as protein, fiber, and life-sustaining enzymes.

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been found to have profound implications in regard to cancer prevention. Sulforaphane has demonstrated efficacy in inhibiting CSCs in the breast. This is highly significant considering that breast cancer stem cells play a key role in carcinogenesis of the breast – CSCs are responsible for cancer development, spread, and recurrence.

Even new therapies that target proliferating cells, fail to target stem cells. This is because CSCs circulate slowly and don’t deliberately proliferate. This factor may explain the failure behind breast cancer management. It’s no wonder broccoli sprouts have been extensively studied. They are an invaluable addition to cancer protocols that focus on boosting the immune system and stem cell eradication


Apoptosis is a cellular process of self-death in which the body rids itself of defective cells, including cancer cells. This mechanism is especially crucial for mammals that live long lives. In Greek, the word “apoptosis” means “falling off” – like leaves falling off a tree.

The body is miraculous in what it can do in terms of maintaining health and preventing disease. Consider this – when the nervous system is in the developmental stages, more than half of the nerve cells die after formation. Astonishingly, billions of cells die every hour in the intestines and bone marrow of a healthy adult human. The human body is truly remarkable in its design and function.

Why this massive cell-death? For one, it precisely balances cell division to keep tissues from growing or shrinking. For instance, when a tadpole changes into a frog, its tail is no longer needed, so the cells die. When the process of apoptosis is hindered, cells are able to survive for longer periods of time, giving them the potential to mutate and become malignant.

Mutations correlate with an increase in tumor progression, cell differentiation, and angiogenesis. The latter is a process of new blood vessel formation, which enables cancer to spread.  Apoptosis is tightly regulated, and is activated under conditions of uncontrolled proliferation and DNA damage. You can see why this process is so critical in preventing cancer.

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Benefits of Sprouting Broccoli

The benefits of sprouting broccoli are numerous:

  • Slows cancer growth
  • Has antineoplastic (anti-tumor) properties
  • Is cancer-protective
  • Reduces the damage caused by free radicals
  • Metabolizes estrogen and environmental toxins
  • Inhibits pathways that fuel inflammation
  • Activates the Nrf2 pathway (regulates cellular defense systems)
  • Triggers apoptosis or programmed cell death
  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes
  • Packed with antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, and micronutrients
  • Fights infections
  • Promotes detoxification
  • Silences retroviruses

How To Grow Broccoli Sprouts Step-By-Step

Follow these steps to sprout broccoli seeds from home:

1. Soak approximately 1/2 cup of broccoli seeds in warm filtered water. Add a little sea salt to break down phytic acid. Soak the seeds overnight.

2. In the morning, strain the seeds using either a sproutmaster, or a jar with a lid that acts as a strainer.

3. Rinse the seeds 2-3 times throughout the day for 3-5 days. Keep the seeds moist and out of direct sunlight. They will start to sprout on the 3rd or 4th day.

4. The sprouts can be placed near a window for a day or two once they’ve begun to sprout. Sunlight will expedite the process. Sprout for another day or two. The entire process takes less than a week. That’s all there is to it…

Broccoli sprouts are very versatile. You can put them on sandwiches, toss them in smoothies, throw them in soups, sprinkle on salads, or eat them plain. Be sure and chew the sprouts thoroughly to break down the sulforaphane. The daily dosage is 1-2 tablespoons. Sprouts are crunchy, delicious, nutritious, inexpensive, and easy to make – a win-win combination all the way around. You can also buy broccoli sprout supplements:

Key Points

Broccoli sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that are used both preventatively and therapeutically. Sprouting broccoli seeds is one of those little effort, HUGE reward type of things. I usually have a batch sprouting on my counter at all times. If you have cancer or any type of chronic disease, please consider incorporating broccoli sprouts into your immune-boosting protocol.

Are you going to try your hand at growing broccoli sprouts? Let me know in the comments:)


(1) Cell-Logic: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

(2) Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Broccoli Sprouts

(3) NCBI: Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis)

(4) NCBI: Apoptosis: A Target for Anti-Cancer Therapy

(5) NCBI: Sulforaphane, a Dietary Component of Broccoli/Broccoli Sprouts, Inhibits Breast Cancer Stem Cells

(6) US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Stem Cells and Cellular Origins of Breast Cancer: Updates in the Rationale, Controversies, and Therapeutic Implications

(7) US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Clinical Impact of Breast Cancer Stem Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

(8) Future Medicine: Targeting cancer stem cells with sulforaphane, a dietary component from broccoli and broccoli sprouts

4 thoughts on “How To Grow Broccoli Sprouts From Home”

  1. I feel like this is a post so many people could use in their lives right now. I know I will come back to this post when the day comes that I am ready to grow some broccoli sprouts. 

    I am so lucky to have discovered this website showing so many informative posts to help people and share knowledge. I will be sure to share with friends in my life.

    I also love the design and flow of this post. I love the detail you put into the article and I hope to see more posts like this one!

  2. Broccoli didn’t used to be my type of vegetable but when I mix it with a bunch of other vegs, I wouldn’t say I love it, but it definitely tasted a lot better. I didn’t know broccoli sprouts were even a thing. 

    I like growing fruit and vegetables, it feels therapeutic. I’ve tried apples in the past and a bunch of other plants but for some reason they haven’t come out the way I wanted them. However, after reading your article, I would like to try my hand at sprouting. Sound so nutritious. Thanks for this post!

    • Hi and thanks for reading my post. Sprouting is super easy to do and boosts the nutritional value of a food many times over. It’s definitely worth doing in my opinion. Do give it a try! 

      By the way, I agree with you about not being a fan of broccoli. I don’t particularly enjoy eating it, but broccoli sprouts are entirely different – they’re delicious! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!


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