sulforaphane

noun
sul·fo·raph·ane | \ˌsəl-fō-ˈra-ˌfan, -ˈrā- \

Definition of sulforaphane 

: an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances

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If that malfunction occurs because a patient's cells have been weakened by exposure to stressful conditions, the Swedes theorized, perhaps sulforaphane would help. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Like it or not, broccoli is good for you, research says," 30 June 2017 In the study, the scientists gave sulforaphane to obese patients , in the form of a concentrated broccoli sprout extract. Tracy Staedter Live Science Contributor, Fox News, "Broccoli compound could help treat type 2 diabetes," 19 June 2017 Before studying the compound in humans, Axelsson and colleagues first gave sulforaphane to animals. Jessica Wapner, MSNBC Newsweek, "Sulforaphane, a Chemical in Broccoli, May Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar," 15 June 2017 For those who were not obese, the sulforaphane did not have any affect. Tracy Staedter Live Science Contributor, Fox News, "Broccoli compound could help treat type 2 diabetes," 19 June 2017 Finally, the researchers tested sulforaphane in people. Tracy Staedter Live Science Contributor, Fox News, "Broccoli compound could help treat type 2 diabetes," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of sulforaphane

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulforaphane

sulforaphen, a chemically similar substance (from sulfo- + -raphen, perhaps alteration of raphanin, an alternate name, from New Latin Raphanus, a cruciferous plant genus) + -ane

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sulforaphane

noun
sul·fo·raph·ane
variants: or chiefly British sulphoraphane \ˌsəl-fō-ˈraf-ˌān, -ˈrāf- \

Medical Definition of sulforaphane 

: an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances

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