Organic sulphur compounds from foods like garlic, onion, cruciferous veggies like broccoli, collards, kale, brussel sprouts and more are known to have a wide range of robust positive affects on our health and longevity and even mediate symptoms of serious diseases. Sulforaphane is perhaps the rockstar compound extraordinaire. It's an isothiocyanate called glucaraphin as it's stored in the food, but is converted to sulforaphane when we eat those plants (the crunching breaks the cell walls and introduces the enzyme that converts it). One of its' single most amazing abilities is the fact that it activates NRF2 (a protein that regulars HUNDREDS of genes), one of the most important regulators of our body's very own anti-oxidant, anti-disease pathways.
Studies are actively showing sulforaphane's ability to prevent and suppress various cancers, mediate inflammation caused symptoms in the lungs like in asthma and COPD, protect the liver against acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity, attenuate lead-induced liver oxidative damage (in mice), mediate various symptoms and factors in various cognitive diseases/disfunctions like neurodegenerative conditions like parkinsons, stroke trauma and infection associated neurological damage, some viral infections, prevents diabetic cardiomyopathy, attenuates type 2 ciabetes-induced aortic damage.
Sulforaphane actdivates heat shock response and enhances proteasome acdtivity through up-regulation of Hsp27. Heat shock responses make heat shock proteins which are one of the main benefits of regular sauna use (and even super cold exposure too!). Suforaphane inhibits exteracellular, intracellular, and antibiotic resistant strains of helicobacter pylori and prevents benzo(a)pyrene- induced stomach tumors. The helicobacter pylori are known to be able to induce gastritis and peptic ulcers.
It has been shown to lower a number of different inflammatory markers like serum CRP (c-reactive protein, a blood test marker for inflammation) levels in diabetic patients.
Sulforphane enhances progerin clearance in Hutchinson-Gilfor Progeria fibroblasts. This is something that very few compounds are known to be capable of in regards to this..