Sulforaphane helps increase the production of important Phase 2 detoxifying enzymes, promoting your body's natural detoxification process, thus supporting the elimination of potentially harmful metabolites.
Research has shown that sulforaphane also supports the body's defenses against oxidative stress and cellular damage.
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance in the production of free radicals and your body's ability to detoxify their harmful effects by neutralizing them with antioxidants. Free radicals, which can damage DNA, proteins and lipids, are by products of your normal metabolism and can also be derived from certain environmental toxins. Sulforaphane can boost the natural production of antioxidant enzymes that reduce oxidative stress, thus acting indirectly as an antioxidant.
Since sulforaphane is associated with cruciferous vegetables, namely broccoli and broccoli, many people think they can get the benefits of sulforaphane just by eating their vegetables. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as sulforaphane itself is not found in broccoli.