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Autism and Broccoli Sprouts

A small clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that a chemical from broccoli sprouts may be beneficial for autism.  The chemical is called sulforaphane, and it works by reducing oxidative stress, DNA damage, and inflammation.  In this study, most of the participants that improved did so within the first four weeks of taking the sulforaphane.  In doing a little research, I found one company that appears to have a particularly high-quality supplement containing sulforaphane, and it's called Crucera-SGS from Thorne Research.  One could try to eat a large amount of broccoli to achieve these benefits, but it appears that it is unlikely that it would be enough to be clinically significant, and, furthermore, apparently not everyone is able to convert the chemical to it's active form.
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