Be aware, not all broccoli supplements are created equal.

Anthony ThomasImmune SupportAs you know, I am all about the science. It is through the scientific inquiry that we learn how and why things work. I am not a scientist and at some point my understanding disappears. But I do have some fundamental knowledge and I have a curiosity and respect for the science that makes me want to understand more. And then to share that with you.

So why do we pay attention to the science? It is through scientific inquiry that we begin to understand the what and how of nutrition. We desire to learn what molecules and compounds do in the body. We want to learn how to deliver concentrated compounds that will maximize the benefit. It is only through science that we can have confidence in our understanding.



This interview is very interesting on several levels. This is the first time to explore this topic here on HealthQuestPodcast. We have all heard about the value of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli but what do we really know? This is also a good example of how a beneficial nutrient is developed. Anthony is a research scientist and he communicates like a scientist and that can make it a little challenging. That is why I have highlighted some of the terms you are going to hear. It is likely you are not familiar with some of the nutritional compounds he discusses.

It is also interesting because it is a good example of the restrictions that are placed on supplement manufacturers. Supplement makers CANNOT discuss nutrients as treatments, prevention or cures for disease. We can only speak to the structure and function in the body. And while this is the actual way things work in the body, it makes it hard to explain the ultimate benefit. Especially when those nutrients are being studied and used to “treat disease”. So as a consumer it is important for you to learn the language of nutritional benefits so you can better understand how the amazing nutrients can benefit you. That’s another reason for you to explore and become familiar with the science. PubMedYou can begin by searching “sulforaphane” at PubMed. I found almost 1400 studies. Here is a link to one of those abstracts that will give you a sense of the scientific inquiry.

About Sulforaphane (excerpt from
Cruciferous vegetables (Brassica oleracea spp.), such as broccoli, are associated with antioxidant and cellular protection in part because they are sources of sulforaphane glucosinolate (precursor nutrient) and myrosinase (enzyme) which together produce sulforaphane (a powerful, beneficial phytochemical). In extensive studies, sulforaphane has been demonstrated to be a potent inducer of Phase 2 detoxifying enzymes and to be a protector of DNA.

When metabolized to its isothiocyanate form known as sulforaphane, the compound boosts the activities of the Phase 2 enzymes and also boosts the level of thioredoxin, an enzyme that – among other things – protects retinal cells of the eye against various types of oxidative attack. The Phase 2 enzymes activated by sulforaphane may remain active as antioxidants in the tissues for up to three days.

Benefits of sulforaphane

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    Sulfur-containing compound in broccoli responsible for many of its health benefits

  • Generally regarded as the most potent inducer of cellular antioxidant defense and detoxification enzymes, thus serving as an indirect, long-acting antioxidant
  • Increases levels of glutathione, primary endogenous antioxidant critical to cellular protection from free radicals/toxins, many cellular reactions, DNA repair, and maintenance of exogenous antioxidants in reduced forms (e.g., vitamins C and E)
  • Broad anti-inflammatory activity via directly inhibiting the production of many pro-inflammatory mediators (e.g., cytokines) and indirectly via induction of antioxidant/detoxification enzymes
  • Supports blood pressure and cardiovascular health
  • Is a liver detoxicant
  • Is active in the area of gastric health, including supporting healthy stomach acid levels
  • Promotes normal, healthful inflammatory responses, including the suppression of COX-2, the activation of antioxidant enzymes, and modulation of cytokine production
  • Enhances the regulation of cellular integrity
  • Inhibits Advanced Glycation End (A.G.E) product-induced damage by reducing expression of a receptor for A.G.E products. (end excerpt)

I encourage you to do some research. There is no shortage of information available for your consideration. If you are convinced that this is a nutrient you want to take then you must compare products in the marketplace. I have seen cheap products with low potency and no clinical science. In this interview we will introduce you to a broccoli supplement of the highest quality.

BroccoMaxAfter this interview you will understand much more about the benefits of sulforaphane. You will also understand why eating broccoli will not give you the higher levels of sulforaphane needed. You will learn that it is actually the broccoli sprouts that are the best source. You will also learn why making a broccoli supplement is not as easy as it sounds. Broccoli products are not created equal. This interview will help you understand the distinctions between products and what is necessary to create a safe, beneficial and effective product.

The product we will discuss is BroccoMax by Jarrow Formulas. This is the best broccoli product I have found and it comes from a company with exceptional commitment to quality and science. Jarrow Formulas is highly respected in the natural products industry. It is another company that you can trust.

About Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas, Ph.D. earned his B.A. in Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center.  His primary research interests (via both pre-clinical and clinical studies) have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors (i.e., physical activity, circadian disruption) on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.  He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and has served as a referee with relevant expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for multiple scientific journals.

About Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow FormulasJarrow Formulas, which is based in Los Angeles, California, USA, is a formulator and supplier of superior nutritional supplements. The company was founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1988. Today it markets its products in the United States, Mexico, Canada and throughout the world.

The company is active in monitoring governmental regulatory affairs, which affect the nutritional industry. It also vigorously promotes the rights of Americans to free access to dietary supplements. Jarrow Formulas funds research studies on important nutritional products such as CoQ10, to ensure that customers receive the full biological value of these products.



Harnessing the Power of Beneficial Bacteria

Martie Whittekin

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The world of probiotic science is growing rapidly. One of the challenges for every consumer is to learn about the science and then to learn how to appropriate this knowledge into an action plan. There is a new book, The Probiotic Cure by Martie Whittekin that will help bring some clarity to the topic. Because this is a complex subject most consumers desire a way to simplify the process and this book can help.

The risk is that when we make a topic too simple then it is difficult to determine the distinctions between products. For example, many people now think of yogurt for probiotics. And it is certainly reasonable to add yogurt to one’s diet, but it is not the best way to have a therapeutic probiotic benefit. On the other extreme, the medical profession is experimenting with transplanting bacteria rich fecal matter for treating c-diff infections. There must be a better middle ground. And that’s where the science and the products that have emerged from that science are becoming more available.

You can now learn how to incorporate powerful probiotic products in a way that can offer dramatic results. In this interview, Martie Whittekin will give us an overview of the topic of probiotics and what you need to know. The first section of her book covers the broader topic of probiotics. The basic knowledge of what is good and why and what is bad and why. She covers how to restore probiotic balance with strategies and tactics for those with digestive challenges.

Part two is a more comprehensive look at many common health condition and what you should consider if you are interested in alternative or adjunctive natural health modalities. In part two, Martie covers over 30 common health concerns, from acid reflux and asthma to urinary and vaginal infections.She covers in detail the role of the probiotics and she also covers each health condition for the many other important lifestyle, diet and nutritional choices that should be employed. Here is a quote from Martie’s book:

The Probiotic Cure

“We know without question that a healthy gut flora is fundamental to the functioning of a healthy body, and there is absolutely no harm in establishing one. In the process we might well resolve systemic imbalances that have led to disease symptoms. Virtually any condition will likely be helped either directly or indirectly by and abundant, diversified, and well-balanced microbiome.

In addition, I hope to open up a new way of looking at each issue: describing the conventional treatment; providing a functional view; showing how probiotics relate; and providing other helpful suggestions.” End quote.

I especially like that Martie did not write a book that was only on probiotics. That would be significant if she did. By focusing on health conditions in the second half of the book, she reinforces the concept that health comes from the holistic view of wellness. Probiotics are important and their benefits are far reaching in impacting human health. But it would be a mistake to think that probiotics will do it all. This is where the second half of The Probiotic Cure provides guidance of the other lifestyle and nutritional choices that can influence your outcome.

Gut BacteriaIt is likely that you or someone in your family suffers with one of the health conditions she covers. The more you know about your health the more you can target your efforts. Think in terms of how to nourish your body for your particular concerns. In any case, you always want to have a healthy microbiome. It is probably reasonable to suggest that without a healthy gut you are likely to have something else going on. At the least you would be at risk for developing some health issue.

This is why it makes good sense for everyone to consider a probiotic as part of a regular habit. If you are healthy, you want to keep it that way. If you have challenges, then nurturing your body is the way back to health. Always remember that nutrient are not drugs. Drugs treat your disease, they do not nourish your body. Giving your body what it needs to be healthy is the most basic, fundamental thing you can do to build health. A person will always do better when they are well nourished, especially those undergoing medical treatment as well. Probiotics are one of the most important things for digestive as well as overall health.

RegActivThe world of probiotics is rapidly expanding as the science moves us forward and the consumer interest is exploding. Your challenge is to find the products that work best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Take a little time to explore the brands of the products you use. Try to understand and appreciate the distinctions and seek to make wise choices. Don’t be afraid to experiment. One of the products Martie mentions as unique is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic. You can learn more about Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic in my interview with Ross Pelton. She also mentions a newer probiotic called RegActiv. This probiotic has been shown to increase the master antioxidant glutathione. I hope to have an interview for you on RegActiv in the near future. RegActiv is an example of newer products based on years of research. If you read Martie’s book you will have an up to date look at the science, application and benefits of probiotics.

About Martie Whittekin
Healthy_By_NatureMartie Whittekin, CCN, is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and nationally syndicated radio host. She currently hosts the Health By Nature radio show. For over thiry years, she has been an integral part of the alternative heath movement in the United States. She was the president of the National Nutritional Foods Association and helped shape the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. She is part of the reason we all benefit from the unprecedented access to nutritional science and products. She continues to be a force in the industry. I have another interview with Martie on her bestselling book Natural Alternatives to …Acid Blocking Drugs.

About Essential Formulas
This interview is sponsored by Essential Formulas as part of their effort to educate consumers. Essential Formulas realizes that we are all in this together and consumers need to learn from credible and reliable resources like Martie Whittekin. This interview is not about Essential Formulas or their products. That is for another time. This is a good example of how good companies work together with scientists and researchers to create products. They work with retailers to introduce these products to consumers. They work with radio shows like Healthy by Nature and authors like Martie to spread the word and bring you this critical information. I believe good companies deserve recognition for the good they do in efforts to improve health and serve consumers. I am pleased to have Essential Formulas as a sponsor.

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic






205 – Cannabidiol (CBD) for Stress and Sleep – My Interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney

In this interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney, we will discuss her experience with Plus CBD Oil in her clinical practice. I love talking to practitioners because they are the ones on the front line of patient care. Dr. Shunney is the type of doctor we all wish we had. Someone who combines the best of medical and nutritional care. So when someone like Dr. Shunney, who sees many people with common problems related to stress and sleep, states that Plus CBD Oil works better than anything she has previously used, I take notice.

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204 – What Are Metabolic Enzymes – My Interview with Tom Bohager

In this interview with Tom, we are going to discuss metabolic enzymes (also known as therapeutic enzymes). I am certain that many less consumers know about or understand this part of the enzyme story. This also surprises me because the research on metabolic enzymes goes back 50 years. I have known about and used some form of enzymes for nearly 40 years and we always have some in our natural medicine chest. I consider them to be a very important adjunct nutrient for pain and inflammation. Metabolic enzymes are those enzymes that are taken for purposes other than digestion. For that reason metabolic enzymes are taken between meals on an empty stomach.

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203 – Curcumin C3 Complex for Inflammation – My interview with Dr. Anurag Pande, PhD

When we want to understand the benefits of curcumin we can look to Sabinsa C3 Complex. This particular curcumin extract has 47 clinical studies going back to 1998. This is more than any other curcumin product. In this interview, I am speaking to Dr. Anurag Pande, PhD about these scientific studies using C3 Complex.

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202 – Is PQQ The Next Nutrient Superstar? – My Interview with Dr. Michael Murray

What are the clinical uses of PQQ? Given the nutritional importance and tremendous span of physiological effects of PQQ, there are considerable benefits in conditions that revolve around low mitochondrial function including in aging, many brain and neurological disease (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), and many other chronic degenerative disease. Current research has primarily focused on its ability to protect memory and cognition in both aging animals and humans.

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201 – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – My Interview with David Jones

Traditional Chinese medicine is a style of traditional Asian medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach. TCM is widely used in China and is becoming increasingly prevalent in Europe and North America.

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200 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – My Opinion – Steve Lankford

The nutritional products industry is rapidly changing. In some ways it is a victim of its own success. Those who have been in the industry a long time, like me with over 40 years, have wanted good nutrition to become widely accepted. Now that better nutrition is being embraced by a much larger community, we have many new participants in the marketplace, from more consumers, to more mass market and internet access, more product manufacturers, more raw material suppliers and so on. The business of nutrition is changing in ways that are not obvious to the average consumer. In this podcast, I will discuss some of the important issues that I think you should know about. They are issues that affect us now and will shape the future. There is much good to discuss and celebrate in the world of nutrition. There is also the bad to be concerned about and avoided. And the ugly is that which is evil and dishonest.

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199 – Nattokinase and Cardiovascular Health – My Interview with Dr. Ralph Holsworth

NattokinaseIn this interview, Dr. Holsworth will discuss the origins of nattokinase and the emerging science that reveals the benefits. The basic issue here is that fibrin is the factor in our blood that forms blood clots. Too much fibrin thickens the blood increasing one’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Consumption of nattokinase has been shown to enhance fibrinolytic activity leading to reduced fibrin in the blood. Nattokinase has also shown benefits for blood pressure support. Here is a quote from Dr. Holsworth’s paper:

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198 – Garlic Extract Reverses Heart Disease – My Interview with Dr. Matthew Budoff

We all want good science to validate the products we use. For the best results follow the science. My guest is Dr. Matthew Budoff. Dr. Budoff has completed 4 clinical studies on Aged Garlic Extract. I have interviewed him after each interview and if you want to follow the evolution of this science, you can listen to all of those interviews here. You can follow Dr. Budoff’s journey from skeptic to confident proponent. The science and the results are compelling.

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