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Got another video for you that is likely going to rustle some carnivore jimmies, but will make vegans, especially vegan athletes, very happy!
This time we’re looking at an Italian paper published in the Journal of the American Aging Association. It examined the dose-dependent effects of sulforaphane on various stem cells, including muscle and bone cells, as well as effects on senescence, apoptosis, and cytotoxicity.
Sulforaphane is a sulfur-rich compound that can be obtained from veggies such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbages.
What the researchers found was that, when consumed in normal dietary amounts, and that’s an important distinction, sulforaphane promotes rapid cellular growth, while reducing both cellular aging and death!
Sulforaphane only becomes problematic when it is isolated, such as in supplement form, and consumed at higher doses. For example, doses on par with anti-cancer drugs. At such mega doses, sulforaphane has a cytotoxic effect. In other words… it becomes toxic to cells.
But, I am sure none of you are popping large amounts of sulforaphane supplements. Rather, you’re just eating veggies such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, garden cress, bok choy, and cabbages…. you know, like a normal person!
Which, given this data, may aid bodybuilders, or anyone for that matter, who is seeking to enhance their muscle growth.
If you recall, I had mentioned earlier that sulforaphane was found to PROMOTE rapid cellular growth, and that included muscle cells. Just to reemphasize for the sake of clarity.
This is similar in the manner by which training can induce stem cells in the muscle fibers to develop into fully-grown muscle cells, a process known as hyperplasia.
And you can best achieve this by lightly cooking your veggies and/or chewing them, which activates an enzyme called myrosinase, which then converts the glucosinolate content within the veggies to sulforaphane.
The moral of this story is eat your friggin’ veggies to get big and strong! Or in this case, your cruciferous veggies.
Don’t be like the carnivores, such as little Frankie here, who don’t like their veggies, some actively avoiding them.
Rather, follow MY advice. I am a huge fan of broccoli, no pun intended, and eat about five servings of it every damn day!
Consider this a public service announcement!
Leave your thoughts and comments below.
If you were to believe everything that you’ve read or heard of late, you’d probably think that a vegan diet would be deleterious for athletes.
Got a study to share with you all that supports a vegan dietary approach for athletics, particularly strength athletics, but inherently does not favor carnivores… at all!