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Dr. Fahey presented an invited lecture entitled: “Phytochemicals that enhance healthspan:The therapeutic uses of isothiocyanates found in crucifers and Moringa oleifera” at the Annual International Conference (AIC 2021: Resilience) of the Institute for Functional Medicine – the world’s premiere functional medicine annual conference.

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Dr. Rhonda Patrick and her popular podcast and website foundmyfitness.com just circulated a newsletter to all of their subscribers which very kindly showcases work that we have published lately and highlights four interviews with Dr. Fahey in their Premium Members Podcasts called “the Aliquot”. 

Subscribe HERE to get free healthspan-relevant updates from FoundMyFitness including episode announcements which have featured Dr. Fahey and many aspects of the science of phytochemicals.

 Thank you Rhonda and team!

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Hello, friends!

 

A little news from the broccoli sprouting world. Dr. Jed Fahey (@jedosan on Twitter) and his long-time colleague, Dr. Tom Kensler, have published a brand-new peer-reviewed open access journal article about the science of broccoli sprouts.

You may know Dr. Fahey from his appearances on the podcast, where he's shared his unique expertise on the biology of sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts.

In this article, Drs. Fahey and Kensler tell the tale of how broccoli sprouts came to the attention of the nutrition world and acknowledge sulforaphane's potential,

 

"…not only in the prevention of environmental carcinogenesis, but in the prevention or amelioration of a very large, diverse, and seemingly unrelated series of conditions [including] autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, bacterial and viral infections, prostate, lung, breast, skin, and head and neck cancers, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease, fatty liver, and asthma."

 

Here's a great figure from the article:

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Drs. Fahey and Kensler also describe some of the science surrounding broccoli sprouts and posit that broccoli sprouts offer a means to "re-invent" the current healthcare paradigm, with a focus on prevention and strategies that extend healthspan.

This article – 
available to all via open access – is focused on the unique considerations of trial design related to broccoli sprouts and their phytochemicals and should be a great boon to clinical investigators hoping to continue to expand similar work.

Here's a short list of some of the topics covered:

 

  • Why broccoli sprouts?

  • Whether or not the effects of broccoli sprouts are related to factors other than sulforaphane

  • The need for standardization and validation of broccoli sprouts for trials

  • Choosing a good placebo and dose during trial design

  • The importance of an "internal dose" – the measure of sulforaphane metabolites excreted in the urine

  • Moving from the clinic to the individual – making the science practical


A big thank you to Dr. Fahey and Dr. Kensler for their continued contributions to the world of science, including this report on phytochemicals.


To hear more from Dr. Fahey on sulforaphane, moringin (a related chemical found in moringa), and the implications for these phytochemicals in human health, be sure to check out these free episodes from the podcast:

 

 

Want even more Jed Fahey and Rhonda Patrick?

Several episodes of our members-only podcast, The Aliquot, feature Dr. Fahey with extra commentary from Rhonda. Check out these four episodes of The Aliquot to learn more:

 

 

Members can access all available episodes of The Aliquot by signing into the FoundMyFitness member dashboard where they can setup the premium podcast in any major podcast player.


Enjoy!
Rhonda and team
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Recent guidelines and strategies for implementing precision nutrition ignore the roles of phytochemicals as a critical part of enhancing healthspan.  It's irresponsible public health messaging and it needs to change.

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