Two Simple Methods to Grow “Cancer Killers” in Your House

12 Apr

In the main story, we discussed the research showing how the sulforaphane found in cruciferous vegetables can help prevent and fight several types of cancer. One of the best sources of sulforaphane is broccoli sprouts. It would be great to eat them several times a week, if not every day, but it can be a hassle (and expensive) to constantly buy a fresh supply. That’s why many people are choosing to grow their own. But, isn’t that even more of a hassle? No, not at all. In fact, it is quite simple, and you can grow sprouts in just three to five days. Here are two ways to do it—one with soil and one without.

WITHOUT SOIL: Put one to two tablespoons of seeds in a wide mouth jar or a large mason jar. Add 1 cup (237 ml) of water, mix up the seeds a little, and cover with a mesh cloth. Let the seeds soak for two to three hours and then drain well. Be sure to not soak the seeds for more than three hours because this can affect germination. Twice a day, fill the jar with cool water, mix a little by moving the jar around, and drain again. The seeds will sprout and be ready in four to five days. The sprouts can be stored in your refrigerator, but make sure to dry them a little first.

WITH SOIL: For this method, the first thing you want to do is soak the seed in water for 24 hours and then use a fine strainers to rinse them with fresh water. Cover the bottom of a shallow tray or container with a thin layer of moist potting soil. Spread the soaked broccoli seeds on top of the soil and then cover the seeds with another thin layer of soil.   Cover the tray (or whatever container you are using) with clear plastic wrap. It is advised to poke a few small hole in the plastic wrap to keep excess moisture from building up. Store the container in a place without direct sunlight but between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius). When leaves appear (or after four days, whichever comes first), move the tray somewhere where the sprouts can get some sunlight, but not direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is too strong and will kill them. Sprouts should be picked within one to two days after leaves appear. Simply pick the sprouts by hand and wash them off in a bowl of fresh water. Swishing them around in the water will cause the hulls to come off and float to the surface. Skim the hulls off and throw them away. You don’t want the hulls on your sprouts when storing them because they contain too much moisture. Once again, you can eat the sprouts immediately or store them in the refrigerator for a little while. The sprouts are still alive and will continue to grow and gain nutritional value.

Remember, we’re always here to help your body heal and maintain the pain free body you deserve.

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