Welcome to part 2 of my series on the possibility of treating autistic symptoms with broccoli sprouts. This week we put theory into practice with some tips about how to prepare broccoli and broccoli sprouts in a form on the kitchen table that children with autism might eat. After all, even Pres. George H.W. Bush didn’t like to eat his broccoli. But when it comes to sprouts, we can chop them finely or blend them, and in that way, hide them in the food.
But before we get to hiding it in our food, it bears repeating that sulforaphane found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is a potent anti-oxidant that appears to fight oxidative damage to our cells. There is strong evidence for sulforaphane battling rapidly growing cancer cells, preventing the aging of cells, and possibly fighting off whatever it is that is responsible for the symptoms of autism.
There is a great article that gets into details about sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts in terms of its overall benefits. That article can be found here.
This topic is near and dear to my heart because I happened to be one of those weird kids who no one seemed to have an explanation for. I didn’t speak until I was about six years old. I wouldn’t answer to my name, I ate only a tuna sandwich for lunch every day for two years, and I would often rock in a rocking chair for 3 or 4 straight hours. Now that I am more or less considered “normal”, I’ve become obsessed about why I was the way I was. Is it possible that I am not alone? Probably. By helping kids with autism get better, we can all learn so much from them about how we can treat everyone on the autistic spectrum.
I plan on coming up with my own recipes to hide these broccoli sprouts. So if you want me to email the recipes to you, just send me a note on my website contact page, at Healing Outside the box.